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Imogen Heap
“Hide and Seek”

A stroke of brilliance–That’s what this track is. Without any traditional percussive elements, it creatively injects a sense of vocal percussion by staggering the harmonies on the upbeats of chord transitions. This combined with literary imagery in the lyrics, gives this song a great feeling of depth, fluidity and purpose.
There are some digital elements to the voices in the harmony, especially in dynamic changes. It helps push the melody forward, and proclaims a sense of urgency. All the combined voices help it rise and fall with purpose and ease. There are aspects of this song that remind me of the music composed by Benoit Jutras for Quidam.

From the Album: Speak for Yourself

Zap Mama – Mupepe

Zap Mama

I have a soft spot in my heart for music with African influences. Zap Mama was started in Belgium and mixed European and Moroccan musical styles. This a capella female group has created some amazing music.

“Marie Daulne and Zap Mama make music that sounds like a one-woman multicultural movement, melding African percussion, American soul and European urbanity.” – Time

By the way, happy Valentine’s day.

From the Album: Adventures in Afropea, Vol. 1

Imogen Heap
“Just For Now”

I obtained a copy of “Just for Now” performed live by Imogen Heap. This recording from studio 11 (103.1 FM). Many of you don’t know this, but Imogen’s music is the reason I started this site. If you like the music I post here, and have been touched by any of it, you have her to thank.

Here is the video to this live recording.

From the Album: Speak for Yourself

Imogen Heap
“Hide and Seek 2”

Immy is nothing short of greatness. I love her 12 second clips, tweets, and especially her music.

It has been a while since I have added any music. I needed to get back to the roots of this site, and I was able to do so through the same song that inspired me to start the blog – hide and seek. This version she recorded for a benefit CD for Tibet. This CD is amazing, and I encourage you to go buy it right now. It is truly inspirational.

From the Album: Songs For Tibet – The Art of Peace

“Hometown Glory”

Adele. Oh how I love your voice.

The beauty found in this song is complimented by voice. Her pitch and dynamic control is amazing. Hear for yourself in this song (below). The piano arrangement reminds me of a couple of songs already posted on this website. Namely “Everyday” by Carly Comando, and “The art teacher” by Rufus Wainwright.

You should buy this CD, if not for this song, for her rendition of “to make you feel my love” that she performs so flawlessly and brilliantly.

From the Album: 19