“If you’re trying,” Elly Jackson explains, “it won’t sound free. If you’re controlling the writing it’s not true creation, it’s just something you’re trying to do. You’re failing as soon as you begin.”

As Elly’s discovered on Supervision, her third album as La Roux and her first as a true solo artist, the trick is not to try at all: “I didn’t think once during this whole album. I’d make the music then I’d start singing with no thought process whatsoever, and the whole melody and lyrics for the entire song would come out in one. It was the easiest thing ever. And what I found was that the lyrics were telling me, for the first time, how I was really feeling. I’d hear what I’d just sung and think: ‘Christ, I do really feel like that.’”