If you’re wondering what I have been listening to nonstop this entire weekend, then wonder no more; I’m about to introduce you to your new favorite artist.
He is an underrated man but Jack Savoretti’s new album, Singing to Strangers was a wonderful surprise on my Spotify “New Music Release” playlist. The album feels like a lifetime of history told within fifteen magnificent songs. Not quite sure how his music missed my radar for so long, but I’ve consumed the entirety of his discography in the last three days, so I’ve made up for lost time.
Though I agree that I tend to automatically lean towards raspier voices, it was something else that made me gravitate towards Jack Savoretti. There’s a tenderness in the rasp; there’s a love lost, a love discovered, a mistake figured out and a life lived with every note that he sings. Every song in Singing to Strangers, feels like a story that needs to be told.
Singing to Strangers feels like a beautiful collaboration between acoustic music and modern pop, with a musical score worthy of a motion picture. His usage of the violin in a few songs, may just be my favorite part of the entire album but the rustic sound beautifully comes in and out of every track.
The first track on the album, “Candlelight” feels like the anthem in a romantic comedy. The lyrics tell a story and you can’t help but give your undivided attention with every note that he sings.
Candlelight is how I like to see you
Say my name in the darkness
It’s not the same
So come and kiss me before the sun goes down
Because in the darkness it’s not the same
“Better Off Without Me” feels like the apology letter that so many of us have been waiting for. Yet, unlike some of the apologies I have personally received, this song feels genuine in its delivery. The ache of hurting somebody that you love is felt throughout every note and you feel so much better for having listened to the song.
When I get home
And you’re lying there
Crying in the bedroom
I know I’ve let you down
And the makeup
I didn’t notice running down your face
Showing my mistakes
I’m always angry
I live with pain
You’re going crazy, ’cause I don’t know how to explain
I know that with all the crying that I do, you would think that I enjoy the heartbreaking more than the romantic but that is definitely not the case. I collect love songs and I hold on the them for the days when it feels like life is working against me. Well, I’ve added one more to my long collection and don’t tell the others, but this may be my favorite one. “Greatest Mistake” feels like a glorious declaration of love and I may have just replayed it way too many times in the last three days.
My greatest mistake
Is that I never let it show
These feelings I feel
But God I hope you know
How much I love you
I’m never gonna let you go
The yearning in Jack’s voice, the urgency in the musical score, the violin that adds to the emotions; it all makes for the perfect love song.
Singing to Strangers makes me feel like The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles made me feel. Like I can’t get enough of each song, like the lyrics were carved out from my own experiences, like the music danced with my heart in the most gentle way and it feels absolutely necessary that I share Jack’s music with you all.
I know I rave about music nonstop on this site but I promise that I only share the music that affects my soul on here. The thing is, Jack Savoretti has created music that has made a home within my soul. He has written lyrics that have told the most personal of stories and he has sang these stories in the most genuine way. I urge you to listen to Singing to Strangers and I am willing to bet that you won’t regret it if you do.