Sarantos has Somethin’ To Believe In during these troubled and turbulent times, and shares it with you in his inspirational new ballad and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
One of the most prolific and authentic voices in independent music, Sarantos’ latest is an emotional rock ballad that walks a tightrope between hope and hopelessness. But the space in between isn’t empty – it’s where Sarantos finds himself, and where he hopes the listener will take refuge as well.
On Somethin’ To Believe In, Sarantos’ powerful vocals are front and center, layered above a mournful piano that eventually gives way to triumphant rock guitar riffs. Providing an elegant visual accompaniment, the music video “has a haunting quality to it as it unveils a story that both parents and lovers can relate to,” he says.
“It comes across as emotionally authentic and heartfelt,” Sarantos says of the clip. “The footage taken by itself is pretty simple yet when put together somehow seems to become much more complex. It will remind you of some of the saddest days of your life, days filled with disappointment and heartache, but the story also splashes the naivete of hopefulness throughout, giving you something to believe in.”
The video opens with Sarantos and a woman who hides behind sunglasses wandering an outdoor landscape separately, Sarantos seeming forlorn, and the woman apparently distressed. The song’s words of encouragement and support appear aimed at the woman, but her relationship with Sarantos is unclear — is she a friend? A lover? A family member? “All I can do is tell you to fight it/and help you get the ship righted/I hope you know I’m never leavin’/I’ll always give you somethin’/Somethin’ to believe in,” he sings.
The clip ends on an uplifting note, with Sarantos and the woman finally encountering each other. She puts down her phone and engages with him and the public art around them, transcending her inner conflict through human connection. The musical transition from minor to major chords drives home the transition with all the satisfaction of an ’80s power ballad. “This rock song is a hug, like a parent or friend reaching down to pick you up out of a hopeless pit, and giving you something to believe in — yourself,” Sarantos says.
The award-winning Chicago multi-instrumentalist takes and offers comfort through music. He is not afraid to explore genres ranging from rock to pop to hip-hop on his quest to channel the human spirit. His music has garnered Grammy consideration, topped independent charts and earned worldwide radio play without the help of a record label. Equally hard to believe: Sarantos doesn’t use a professional studio to make any of his music. His creative output is impressive — he has released 18 albums in nine years, amassing a catalog of 4,000 songs and a devoted social media following of more than 1 million.