STAY LOOSE are more than a little pleased to welcome a new Tyneside talent to their burgeoning roster of excellent song-crafters in IMOGEN, a singer-songwriter with a voice that alternates between confessional soothing and a powerful soar, singing out the pain in healing catharsis.
Pain? Well the single’s title, a one-word, two-syllable image of stark and graphic potency, and the song itself concerns a disability which resulted in surgery, after which she had to learn to walk again; it was penned about that period during which her mind – acute, watchful – was at odds with her body. “My feet were in my stomach, my stomach in my head”, she sings; the whole world topsy-turvy and awry, as anyone who’s been properly ill will know too well.
She travels through despond to emerge into a brighter place by the song’s end, the fire of the crescendo descending to a capella calm; as illustrated in the video, in which she’s depicted ascending a spiral staircase into blinding light, leaving the twilight of infirmity behind; a spectral ward of blood-red light and drapes in which she wanders bemused and adrift.
This, her debut single for her new label, caps a fortnight in which she’s seen her single launch show, at Maida Vale’s Laylow, sell out in 24 hours; and during which she’s grabbed herself a place on the longlist for the Green Man Festival 2022.
IMOGEN says of her haunting hello: “I wanted to write something that depicted the feeling of being out of kilter with yourself – grasping for some sort of control over your own mind, body, existence.
“I took my literal experiences and used them as imagery to explain some complicated feelings; what happened in the end was an exorcism.”
IMOGEN’s “Bloodbag” is out today on all streaming platforms.
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