Imogen Heap has decided to take her time with her fourth album -- in fact, the U.K. singer-songwriter will only have one-third of a new full-length completed in a year's time.
The lengthy recording process is part of Heap's radical plan to issue one new song every three months, beginning tonight (Mar. 28) with the release of the fan-inspired track, "Lifeline." After roughly three months, Heap will compile the new tracks into a physical follow-up to 2009's "Ellipse," which has sold 161,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Heap, the former singer of Frou Frou who was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy award in 2007, tells Billboard.com that she was unhappy with the painstaking process of creating a cohesive album in one burst. "For two years, I'm doing nothing but thinking about the album, and I can't rest and feel satisfied until I have it in my hands... and then it's the touring, and then it's the next project," Heap explains. "I wanted to release a song every three months so I can keep a flow of being creative and have kind of small wins in releasing something commercially."