The extended hiatus between records has seen Jack embark on a decade long musical apprenticeship to hone his production skills. Jack cites Everything Is New as “undoubtedly the best record I could have made at that point”, but he also became aware of the limitations of his own production skills through the process. Inspired by his collaboration with close friend Paul Epworth on Everything Is New but aware that he couldn’t have made that record on his own, he set out to perfect his craft and give himself full creative independence, inspired by the kind of producer-artists he’d loved since his teens such as Todd Rundgren and Arthur Russell. “I finally feel like I’ve got all the tools to do this on my own,” says Jack. “but also the confidence to bring in outside collaborators, when the moment is right, as equals”. The first result of this new approach is ‘Prayer’. There’s much more to come.