Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
1:14 PM 10th May 2021

Jack Savoretti. No Longer Singing To Strangers

Jack Savoretti returns with a new album that arrives complete with its own genre, Europiana. The first single from the album is the disco fuelled Who’s Hurting Who, featuring Nile Rodgers.

“Nile brings groove, glamour and chic that is everything that Europiana is,” Jack Savoretti says.

Europiana wouldn’t exist without Nile Rodgers!”

Europiana is the follow-up to Jack’s breakthrough 2019 album ‘Singing to Strangers’, his third consecutive gold seller and first UK number one.

While that album was recorded in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s studio, this new disc was conceived in between lockdowns at Jack’s Oxfordshire home.

Europiana isn’t a sound. It’s references and inspirations and the emotions they evoke,” Jack says.

“It’s the music of my childhood summers, remade for today.”

Once again, Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, London Grammar, Florence & The Machine), has produced the album, recorded late last year at Abbey Road with Jack’s long time touring band. John Oates plays guitar and sang backing vocals, from Nashville, on the lush When You’re Lonely.

Much of the 11 track album concerns itself with family, friendship and the precarious nature of love, so it’s not surprising that Jack’s wife and children sing on a few tracks.

“’Singing to Strangers’ was my first album that wasn’t all about me, which I loved,” Jack says.

Europiana pushes that further. There are more characters and bigger concepts. I’m looking out at the world, not inwards.”

“For weeks we literally lived Europiana,” Jack enthuses.

“The band would arrive and I’d make a big lunch, eaten outside with loads of rose. Then we’d go inside to write in what is usually my living room, but it became a studio. The sun and fun seeped into the songs.”

Jack Savoretti plays the following UK dates in the North - 2022
Thurs 31st March - NEWCASTLE, O2 City Hall
Sat 2nd April - SHEFFIELD, City Hall
Fri 8th April - HULL, Bonus Arena
Sun 10th April - MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo

Tickets go on sale Friday 14th May