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Frou Frou prepare to unveil new material


Story: Jack Foley

IT’S been a long time since we have head anything from the world of Frou Frou - aka Guy Sigsworth and Imogen Heap - but they have been keeping themselves busy, it seems.

According to their latest newsletter, the band has recorded several tracks over the past couple of years that failed to make it onto any commercial releases, so plans are afoot to release some of it online, possibly through the iTunes Music Store, which currently stocks their glorious debut album, Details.

While things are only at the planning stage, for the moment, a preview of what to expect is available from www.froufrou.net/download, in the form of a two-minute clip of the unreleased track, Deal With It. A full version is expected to appear at some point in the future.

All fans have to do is enter their email address, to be sent a link to download the track.

Frou Frou have also added a track to the soundtrack of this Summer’s hit animated movie, Shrek 2, having been asked by the film-makers to cover Bonnie Tyler’s cheesy 80s chart-topper, Holding Out For a Hero.

Needless to say, the Frou Frou makeover sounds very different from the original - and thank God! - although it probably remains their most commercial effort to date.

A clip of the track is available from the Shrek 2 Soundtrack Website, along with songs from artists such as Counting Crows, Dashboard Confessional, Pete Yorn, Tom Waits, Eels, Joseph Arthur and many more.

And still on a movie theme, Frou Frou song, Let Go, features on the trailer for the new Natalie Portman indie hit, Garden State, which went down a storm at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and could well become one of the sleeper hits of the year.

Outside of Frou Frou, Imogen reveals she is working on her own studio album, for which she had to remortgage her house.

Her own website - www.imogenheap.co.uk - contains daily studio updates, musical clips and a 360 degree panoramic view of her studio, as well as details of recent collaborations the talented singer has been working on.

Guy, too, has been locked in the studio for the past couple of months, writing and producing tunes.

Included in his portfolio, this far, are two famous names he cannot mention, as well as work on Britney’s new single, Everytime.

Commenting on Frou Frou’s new track, Deal With It, Guy adds: "It started with me shredding a sample of a Caribbean steel drum in my computer. It seemed to make the Gulf Stream flow backwards.

"This tropical sound suddenly became very icey, and that set the mood for the song. The words grew out of stuff Immi was singing, when she first jammed along with the track - we both reworked it, to get the nuance just right.

"At the end of the song Immi adds these tiny putti-like voices. They take over, carrying her lead vocal away to a kind of ghostly apotheosis."

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