It's all about EPs nowadays, isn't it? Well, hey - if it means we get new music from our favourite artists quicker, then we're all for it.

Laura Welsh teased us with a really - like, really - great new track called 'Let Me Go London' earlier this year and then disappeared for a while, but we were not worried - no, Sir - because deep down we knew she'd come back with something good. And lo and behold our hunches were pretty much spot on, as her new EP, See Red, which is out today, readily proves.

For reasons beyond our comprehension the EP doesn't include 'Let Me Go London' but if you've heard lead track, 'Red', already then you'd know that Welsh is more than making up for that fact.

In this, the latest in our Things You Should Know... series, Welsh tells us about the whys and wherefores of the new EP.

If I had to summarise See Red in one sentence, it would be...

Everything I wasn't able to say at the time.

The first song I wrote for the EP was...

'Numb'. The lyrics were in my head for a while. It came out really quickly.

I worked on the four tracks with...

A small group of people in London. Jonas Wallin and Fiona Bevan, who I co-wrote 'Red' and 'Concrete' with are amazing. I did the same on 'Numb' with Graham Archer and his writing partner, Jules. Graham had engineered across my last album and knows how I work, so it felt natural for us to start writing together. The last song I wrote was 'Naïve', with London duo EagleEye. It was the first time I'd ever written with them but we clicked and the song came out after a couple of days in the studio. Production-wise I took them to Rich Frenneaux, who I love working with. Rich has great ideas and acts as a great creative filter. We recorded everything over at his studio in east London in about 10 days. The key thing for me was to collaborate with people who I knew were on the same page, musically. There was a real sense of freedom putting this EP together.

My favourite part of the recording process was when...

I had some amazing musicians to come in and play on the tracks. The live element and feel is always important to me so I wanted to make sure that was part of the recording process. Rich has a lot of weird cool instruments in his studio as well so we'd mic them up and record a load of stuff on loop to see what happened. We tried to push things as far as we could go.

The song that has evolved the most between its initial version and the finished EP version is...

'Red'. The demo was really bare and stripped so it really evolved once I started recording it. I knew there were things I wanted to tweak from the demo melody-wise and needed to go back in on it. It changed a lot once we started messing around with guitars and tempo and kind of took on a new lease of life as the initial demo was much more of a ballad.

The song that took the longest to nail down was...

'Concrete'. We approached this song with an open mind. It was good to experiment with this song. I tend to build songs with as many elements as possible and then go through a process of stripping parts out to find a space that works. 'Concrete' came together really quickly at first and then became the hardest to finish!

I knew Red was finished when...

Rich and I decided to have a few drinks after a late session and listen back to everything... hearing all the songs back together as a body of work, I felt like I had created what I set out to make. It's so easy to keep going back in on something and I often drive myself mad. There always comes a point where you just need to rely on instinct to know when a song is finished. I never put anything out unless I'm 100% happy with it regardless of outside opinions, it's down to me to make the call.

The song I am most attached to on the EP is...

'Numb' is the most emotional song on it for me. I needed to write that song to get some perspective on something and then move on.

From the four tracks, the one I am most excited about performing live is...

'Naïve'. There's a lot of vocal harmonies and elements in that song that I really wanna experiment with and arrange live.

See Red is out now on TwentyTwoSeven Recordings / Republic of Music.