AN OXFORDSHIRE-based singer-songwriter says he has coined a new genre of music called 'Europiana' in his latest album.

Jack Savoretti has created an album that transports listeners to balmy Mediterranean beaches filled with upbeat European pop.

With an Italian father, German-Polish mother and UK upbringing, the singer-songwriter is well placed to do so.

The 37-year-old invented the name for this new genre – Europiana.

“I was definitely trying to recreate that feeling of being on holiday,” he said.

“I was trying to create this kind of escapism – this world that we weren’t being allowed to be a part of because of Covid and because of lockdown.”

Written at the rural Oxfordshire home he shares with his wife and three children, the album helped Savoretti stay connected to his roots during the uncertain early days of the pandemic.

This meant capturing the music of his youth – French tenor Charles Aznavour, Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, Daft Punk and Chic.

Europiana was recorded at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios with a fittingly mixed group of musicians from Denmark, Spain and even England.

Jack added: “I wanted it to be like when you walk into a bar and you’re like: ‘I’ve been here before. I’m sure I had a great night here. I don’t remember it because it was a great night.

"But I’m sure I have been there before.’ I want people to have that feeling when they hear the album.”