Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Case File #20: "Hide and Seek"

Imogen  Heap
"Hide and Seek"
Speak For Yourself

The need to know: When the trailer for Zach Braff's 2004 film Garden State hit theaters, audiences became almost more excited for the soundtrack than for the film itself. This was in part due to Frou Frou's grab-life-by-the-horns anthem "Let Go". Sure, in the film Natalie Portman told us that The Shins would change your life, but the reaction to "Let Go" was frenetic.  By then, however, Frou Frou had parted ways (the song was lifted from their 2002 release Details) and singer/songwriter/producer Imogen Heap had resumed her solo career. But the exposure helped to boost anticipation for her 2005 album Speak For Yourself, a great little gem of a pop record, and the equally good Ellipse, which followed in 2009. 

Why it's worthy: Imogen Heap's voice is unmistakable and unconventional, and nowhere does she use it better than on "Hide and Seek". A modern exercise in a cappella, layered digital harmonies create a haunting, beautiful soundscape that is inescapable. Every time I hear this song, it gives me chills. Every. Time.

Quotable lyric: "Spin me around again and rub my eyes/ This can't be happening"

Where you've heard it: Besides being featured on one of the soundtracks to The OC, the climax to "Hide and Seek" was prominently sampled in Jason DeRulo's No. 1 smash "Whatcha Say". Trust me. Imogen's original is way better. 

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