Pop provocateur Imogen Heap recently released her fourth solo album and most ambitious project to date. Sparks was painstakingly pieced together over the course of three years, with tons of fan interaction and intense periods of traveling from the London native.
Learn more about Heap’s creative process and the creation of Sparks with the revealing behind-the-scenes clip, premiering exclusively on Billboard.com:
According to the behind-the-scene video, the long-in-the-works follow-up to 2009’s Ellipse had a definitive beginning: 6:00 AM on March 14th, 2011, when the former best new artist Grammy nominee began mulling sounds for the new song “Lifeline” that were submitted by fans online. “I like the idea of turning the beginning of the record on its head,” Heap explains, “that the actual beginning, the creative spark, comes from outside, and that I could see what I could do with that.”
Later in the video, Heap discusses trying to “pull in the present” with the album after feeling as if she’s never really “lived in the moment,” as well as opening herself up more to collaboration. Sparks features “Telemiscommunications,” her stunning, previously released single featuring deadmau5.
After gaining U.S. fame as a member of the U.K. duo Frou Frou, whose single “Let Go” was iconically used in Garden State, Heap released Speak For Yourself in 2005, which included the a cappella breakout “Hide & Seek.” Sparks, released through RCA Records, is expected to send Heap back on the road in May 2015; before that, the singer-songwriter will become a mother later this year.