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Imogene Heap - One versus many

I've been loving on this song "Hide and Seek" for over a year now. It was performed by Imogene Heap, former front-woman of Frou Frou. Even though it's sung acapella, it's a complex song in many respects. Right off the bat you'll notice there are about a dozen Imogene's in there. It makes for a really lush, layered sound. There are also a good amount of effects on her different vocal tracks that make it sound processed and robotic at times.

Then there are the lyrics: personal and challenging, stark and beautiful. I mean:
where are we?
what the hell is going on?
the dust has only just begun to fall
crop circles in the carpet
sinking feeling

spin me round again
and rub my eyes,
this can't be happening
when busy streets a mess with people
would stop to hold their heads - heavy

Here is the original track:
Imogene Heap - Hide and Seek

Now, the reason this was all brought up in the first place is my man Benge played an acapella version of Hide and Seek on his weekly radio show Sex Fly (which you can listen to live, or tap into the the archives at WRUV's website.) This version was done by the UCLA Awaken Acapella group.

I'll make fun of acapella as quickly as the next blogger (I mean look at the dudes' photo), but I really like listening to these two tracks back to back. It really reinforces how strong Imogene's performance is.

Here is the UCLA take: UCLA Awaken Acapella - Hide and Seek (cover)

So, take a listen compare, contrast and discuss!


3 Responses to “Imogene Heap - One versus many”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Awesome. Great find.  

  2. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Yes, the song is awesome, but those guys all need to be given atomic wedgies.  

  3. # Blogger Matt

    And maybe a few noogies thrown in for good measure.  

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