Artist: Sarantos

Album: Not Where I Wanna Be

Genre(s): Soft Rock, Eighties Rock, Pop

Sarantos

Gearing up for the release of his debut solo album, Not Where I Wanna Be, on the 18th of November, 2014, Sarantos will release a new song on the first Tuesday of every month, a new music video on the second Tuesday of every month and more. They can be accessed through his website, ‘Melogia’, Greek for “with words.”

With thirty three percent of any music related sales going to charity, Sarantos’ songs both directly and indirectly aim to make a difference. With the quirky-rawness of the lyrics and the classic-eighties-rock-meets-soft-rock/pop beats, I’d say they most certainly do!

Taking a look at the songs that have been released so far:

Track Rating
Not Where I Wanna Be ★★★½☆
Nothing to Hide ★★★★☆
Back and Forth ★★★☆☆
I Love to Love You Too ★★★★½
I’d Give Anything ★★★½☆

 1.       Not Where I Wanna Be

A soft rock song that packs thirty years’ worth of yearning. A man wakes up. It’s his thirtieth birthday and his life is still static. With the deliberately slow pace and languidness of beats, it’s a track that captures the cold reality of growing up; particularly with the line “All I want is to make a wish tonight”.

2.       Nothing to Hide

The catchy yet soothing soft rock instrumentals set the perfect scene for this heartbreaking song. The vocals invoke a kind of calmness that makes you want to close your eyes and sing along. Despite the song being set around losing grasp over of the way things are, there is a remarkable amount of control in the pace and tone of the lyrics. The song definitely has character!

3.       Back and Forth

A decent pop song, though the vocals felt over-produced at times. It could’ve also used a change of pace. Despite feeling a bit too slow, the lyrics do leave a mark. “My mood changes so quickly/As my heart beats endlessly.”

4.       I Love to Love You Too

A zippy dance song that’s unexpectedly riddled with moments of vulnerability. That’s right. It’s a number about a man who is anything but comfortable in his dancing shoes. Catchy beats do not take away the nervousness and gawkiness that characterizes the track! A unique and refreshing dance track!

5.       I’d Give Anything

A well-arranged rock song; with much weight resting on its old-school charm. It has a neat hook and the broodiness of the chorus grows on you. Listen to it more than once, and you can feel yourself consumed by the circles of loneliness/desperation washing over soaring instrumentals. While this makes the song kind of a downer…artistically speaking, it’s a track well done!

Verdict: Combining substance with swoon! We’re staying tuned for more!

Stand-out tracks: Nothing to Hide, I Love to Love You Too

Overall Rating: ★★★★★★★½☆☆