British singer-songwriter Jade Bird headed to New York's Catskill Mountains and Woodstock to record her debut release, the five-song EP Something American
. This folksy, guitar-helmed track follows a barside conversation between Bird and an ex, which includes elements taken directly from real-life events. You used to tell me
Love is a lottery, but
You've got your numbers
And you're betting on me
Bird explained the story behind the song to The Boot
"It came out of a conversation - well, the words to the title came out of a conversation, and what really inspired the concept were those words.
I had this grand image in my head: I loved the word, and I tried to make the verses super-personal. One of them was based on a cafe in London where me and my ex sat down and actually had that exact same conversation as in the song. That's how it came about."