What kind of music do you like? “Oh, everything but country.”
If that’s you described above, please move on because you’re missing out. If you’re still with me, I’ll present Anthony Raneri’s new song “Sandra Partial.” This is the second song released from the Bayside frontman’s new five-song solo EP, New Cathedrals, which is available next week.
Above all, “Sandra Partial” is a straight-up country song complete with harmony hooks and singing style. This isn’t to say it’s a full-blown “go buy a cowboy hat country.” But it’s certainly more like alternative-country Lucero and this song almost mimics that punk-country sound of Social Distortion (totally a Mike Ness thing).
Classically, “Sandra Partial” is a bittersweet love song written in that unbreakable Bayside formula that makes all their songs successes: it’s simple but a lot of attention is paid to details. The simple drum beat and an acoustic guitar are the song’s backbone even throughout breaks and repeated choruses. That’s a good generic song that anyone can do, and many frontmen have done this for solo records. However Raneri goes the extra steps and that’s what makes this song absolutely polished. It’s ending with a just a few piano notes.
Sure, I’m of the thought that Raneri could sing a Rebecca Black song and it would be the most stupendous thing I ever heard. But there’s just something about his voice that is utterly unique and flows smoothly over multiple genres. Take the first release from New Cathedrals: “The Ballad of Bill the Saint.” It’s an acoustic version of a punk song that is akin to Frank Turner’s early work. The fact that there are no boundaries in Raneri’s style isn’t just bold, but it proves he’s a damn good musician.
On his Web site he states the reasoning for doing New Cathedrals and that these just can’t be Bayside songs. He adds, “I have a very eclectic taste in music and I love exploring and writing in the various different styles that I enjoy listening to.” Well it surely is “free of genre classification.”
This song is collectively timeless and you’ll still be listening to it in ten years. With that being the case, in his Long Island accent he delicately sings, “Distance, distance/ Tell me that ya miss this/ I would wait here all the time/…and that’s alright.”