Four albums in and Jack Savoretti decided to turn the whole process of creating new songs on its head.
As a result the singer-songwriter has ended up with a new direction and found a completely new way of working.
Audiences will be able to hear it for themselves when Jack launches his new tour at The Wedgewood Rooms on Tuesday – the day after his new album, Written in Scars, is released.
As Jack explains, the album’s lead single, the pared back Tie Me Down, is a little misleading: ‘That’s probably the most stripped-down song on the record – the rest is more produced.
‘I approached this album differently – I approached it from the rhythm first.
‘Usually it’s been about the songs, they came first. But this time I wanted to start from the bassline, the rhythms, the groove.
‘Because of that, not intentionally, every song was recorded on the day it was written. You can hear the spontaneity in the record. Sometimes you can kill the genuineness of what you’re trying to do by over analysing and overcomplicating it.
‘I wanted to catch that moment when you write a song, it’s so exciting and then you spend a bunch of months ruining it.
‘I’ve been around long enough to know that it’s almost guaranteed that everyone will fall in love with the demo and then you waste time, money and talent trying to recreate the demo, so I thought let’s make demos that are worth keeping.’
And he adds: ‘One thing I’ve always hated is genres – just because you’re a guy with a guitar doesn’t make you a folk singer. I wanted to show that.’
He also worked with Samuel Dixon, who is Adele’s musical director and Sia’s main co-writer, for the first time in the studio: ‘He’s a phenomenal bass player. Rhythms and basslines are in his DNA.
‘We were very much referencing the same sounds we liked and the styles we wanted to tap into – a lot of things like Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone... we wanted to bring back these ’60s European sounds, because that’s what I grew up listening to.’
Jack was born in England, but then lived between Italy and Switzerland as a child, before moving to America in his teens.
‘I didn’t grow up listening to The Beatles and The Stones,’ he adds. ‘It was Serge and things like that, so I wanted to bring that into this.’
Jack will also be doing a short acoustic set and signing at HMV in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth at 5.30pm, the same day. Tickets for The Wedge cost £13, doors open 8pm. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk