Jack Savoretti returns with stunning new album ‘Singing to Strangers’.
Produced by Cam Blackwood (George Ezra) and recorded in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s studio in the long, hot summer of 2018, the 12 track album features Jack’s acclaimed live band: guitarists Pedro Vito and Sam Lewis; bassist Sam Davies, drummer Jesper Lind and musical director Nikolai Torp on keys.
“Lucikly Morricone’s studio is in the basement of this huge church so it was cooler,” Jack says. “And the atmosphere down there was essential and that was captured on ‘Candlelight’, which became the calling card of the album”
As for the title track Jack explains it’s origin: “That’s my job: I sing to strangers. That’s what I’ve spent most of my life doing. Singing to friends and family and fans; they’re already onside, so you can, to some extent sing anything. Strangers need convincing, touching, connection.”
Two co-writes on the album are amongst the highlights. ‘Touchy Situation’ was co-written with Bob Dylan. It may have been because he’d heard Jack’s cover of the Dylan rarity ‘Nobody ‘Cept You’ on ‘Written In Scars’ – a song Jack found in Jackson Browne’s studio.
From the sublime to the… more sublime. Music’s Too Sad Without You is the song Savoretti co-wrote and sang with Kylie Minogue for her recent Golden album. “She sing-whispers the song and I fell in love with that side of Kylie on her duet with Nick Cave on Where The Wild Roses Grow.”
The latter is Cave’s deathless murder ballad, a form Savoretti also embraces on Dying For Your Love, a song ripped from the unmade soundtrack of an imaginary David Lynch movie.
There’s more movie lore, and movie love, in Youth And Love, a glorious throwback disco homage to the Oscar-winning Call Me By Your Name. “One of the most romantic stories I’ve seen in a long time,” says Savoretti, “and a film that reminded me how wonderful romance is. This director, Luca Guadagnino, has brought back what Roberto Benigni did with Life Is Beautiful.