2019 American Music Awards

Jasmine Thompson Breaks Down 'Colour' EP: Exclusive

Kate Bellm
Jasmine Thompson 

Singer-songwriter Jasmine Thompson breaks down her latest EP Colour, out Friday (April 5), exclusively with Billboard.

Written entirely by the 18-year-old and producer Eg White, who's crafted records for the likes of Adele and Sam Smith, the new EP features lead single “Loyal,” a heartfelt meditation on staying true long after a relationship has soured. The track finds the U.K. wunderkind belting out lyrics over a hazy horns section, muffled boom-clap percussion and gorgeous flourishes of piano.

Below, the up-and-coming talent -- who’s written with pop heavyweights like Justin Tranter, Meghan Trainor and Julia Michaels -- takes Billboard through the inspiration behind all five songs on her new EP.


"Loyal"

Loyal was written in two parts. I was in a relationship that was great, so I decided to write a couple of verses about our story. Eg came up with the first round of chords and I said to him, "It would be incredible if we could get a sort of brassy sound for the song." Eg, being Eg, pulled out a saxophone that I had never seen, and began to play the main line and put it through a vocoder...After 6 months, we got back in to finish the song. I had gotten out of the relationship and thought that we should add more to the end. Eg had added this beautiful piano breakdown to the song and I was so excited. I think it really reflected the change in perspective about my relationship. This song definitely opened doors for how we approached the production of the rest of the EP.

"More"

Before the EP went to mix, we were a little bit unsure of how to finish this song and resolve it properly. When I was 16, I wrote a song that had a very similar concept, but I never did anything with it. It was just hidden in my voice memos for two to three years. I've always wanted to have a secret track, where you have to wait a while after the end of a song and then a whole new little song appears. We dropped the voice note at the end of the song and I crossed it off my bucket list.

"Some People"

This song took us a really long time to finish production. It started off as a very chilled song, which is based on trying to make sure a friend knows that they are loved. Eg and I didn't feel like we could nail the production on our own, so we started to look at bringing another producer in. [U.K. producers] MEZZ really helped us see the song in a different light.

"Amen"

This song is probably two years old, or more. We wrote this song with so much passion and it was a very emotional day. [The] original demo was a lot more aggressive and it kind of blew your ears off, so when we had the week to finish of production, we tried to see how else we could decorate the song. It had always been a very negative and melancholic song, but that week, something new had clicked into place. I could suddenly hear a happier, more jumpy version. We started experimenting with table harps and different melody lines and it all fell into place.

"Take Care"

Normally, verse melodies start lower, so you don't give away the lift of the chorus. But on this day, I really wanted to try something new and use my falsetto more. The original demo was a lot higher, so it all sounded very petite and floaty. This song was very close to not being on the EP...We finished this song on the night before going to mix. It was so nerve wracking, I have never been so excited and stressed at the same time while trying to finish this song before the deadline. It felt so good, going home at 2:00 a.m. after spending the whole day trying to solve the puzzle.



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