Jamie Lawson, the Ivor Novello award-winning singer-songwriter behind the international hit Wasn’t Expecting That, begins his next chapter with an impassioned new EP, Moving Images, writes Nick Benson.
When British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson was left in a panic after a first anniversary present he organised for his wife didn’t show up, his solution was to turn to music.
The result was A Perfect Year, a sentimental ballad with stunning string melodies and Lawson’s distinctive emotive delivery.
Recalling that his wife had “nipped to Tesco the day before our anniversary”, Lawson said he managed to bind the track together in a short time. The song was never intended to feature on a record but “the more I played it the more I liked it and thought maybe others would too”, he said.
And now the track serves as a fantastic opener on Lawson’s brand new five-track EP, Moving Images.
The majority of the delicate songs that feature in the collection were recorded by Lawson at his home studio before being mixed by Tim Ross.
Speaking about the record, Lawson said: “This EP feels like a new chapter for me, the beginning of the next phase. With the need for full length albums being less and less, I suspect I’ll do more of these types of releases, small collections of songs that we can hopefully tour around and keep active with.”
Many will recognise Lawson as the singer-songwriter behind the international hit Wasn’t Expecting That, which has to this day been streamed over 250 million times. The first signing to Ed Sheeran’s label Gingerbread Man Records, Lawson was also awarded an Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ in 2016 for the hit, beating Sheeran and Rudimental’s single Bloodstream.
Lawson’s new EP comes during a time of profound difficulty but, thanks to the international language of music, he hopes that it can perhaps provide some optimism for listeners.
“I think the ‘She’ in She Sings For Me [a track on the new EP] is music and how it’s always there for you whatever mood you’re in. It’ll always give you comfort and understanding, at least that’s what I was trying to say,” he said.
The final track on the EP, Closure, was written with acclaimed songwriter/producer Jez Ashurst. Having worked together in the past, both musicians quickly forecast the direction in which the song should go, which Lawson denotes as happening by “channelling the craftsmanship of Tom Petty”. The song was quickly recorded to capture the creative magic between the two, with Lawson affirming: “What you hear is what was recorded the day we wrote it, I didn’t want to change a thing.”
The exceptional writing on this EP makes it clear why Lawson was the first signing to Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records and it comes as a much-needed boost for music fans at a time of much uncertainty and anxiety.
• Moving Images by Jamie Lawson is available now on Lookout Mountain Records.
• In the absence of tours, Lawson will be performing livestreamed concerts via his Instagram page. See his socials for regular updates as to the performance timings.