This track heralds an upcoming EP, Be Right Back, which will be released on May 14, designed as a melancholic message to those feeling sadness.
The British singer is set to release her next project, Be Right Back, which is the follow-up to her hugely popular 2018 debut album Lost & Found. “Blue Lights,” which was inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s track “Sirens,” evoked the fear of losing a loved one due to police violence. Now, “Gone” explores similar themes, gives us a taste of this upcoming EP, which she defines as follows: “It’s called ‘Be Right Back’ because it’s just something I want my fans to have right now, this isn’t an album.” She continues: “If I needed to make these songs, then someone needs to hear them too.”
In “Gone,” Jorja Smith reflects on the loss of a loved one. We feel the pain and weight of memories following a loss. “I love that this song, well any of my songs really, will be interpreted in different ways, depending on the experiences of the people listening.” She adds: “It’s just me wondering why people have to be taken away from us.” Whether we’re experiencing grief or a breakup, this is a deeply universal track, one that questions the cruelty of loss: “Tell me how the world seems to dance alone without you.Tell me how to keep my world moving on without you.”
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