By: Shamus Hill
Anyone that’s familiar with Jamaica Plain’s Briefcvse is aware of the fact that he’s an individual in possession of an immense amount of talent. Lyrically-speaking, his skillset is unparalleled, and since his last release, “Edits”, it’s overwhelmingly apparent that he’s showing no signs of stopping. Today, Briefcvse blesses the Graduation Music pages with “Collected Fragments”, a 6-minute-long offering that pieces together four short songs into a masterful piece of work.
If Briefcvse’s discography were to be summarized into one word, I would have to say it’d be honesty. Never once has he shied away from inserting his truest self into his music, which has ultimately become something that has, and will continue, to draw listeners towards his direction. Describing the ideology behind “Collected Fragments”, Briefcvse states:
Collected Fragments is a compilation of four short songs put together into one. Each of these songs are expanded entries from my mood journal put together with different short interludes and foley. It is the closest thing to a musical representation of the inner workings of my brain.
With each release, Briefcvse details the profound instances within his life that have served as major learning points for him. “Collected Fragments” touches upon the aches and pains that the 2020-member has endured on his journey towards becoming the person he’s dreamed of. While accepting the fact that he is by no means “perfect”, he also understands that he can only learn from the trials and tribulations of the past. He’s destined for greatness, and as he continues to follow the good omens of his life, Briefcvse is sure of the fact that he will achieve exactly what it is that he’s supposed to accomplish.
In addition to Briefcvse, there were a handful of other individuals that helped bring “Collected Fragments” to life. Big ups to Christian Yoon and James for perfectly concocting a variety of instrumentals that helped achieve the somber, yet hopeful sound that’s prevalent throughout this release. In addition to them, both Rachel Oswald and Jenny Nguyen knocked it out of the park with their contribution to the “Collected Fragments” cover art, which was incredibly appropriate for the musical content at hand. Briefcvse has always had a knack for incorporating his talented friends into the art that he puts out, and following the release of “Collected Fragments”, both Briefcvse and his group of friends are really showcasing the fact that they have something to bring to the table. Major shoutout to everyone that was involved with this release.
Listen to Briefcvse’s latest release “Collected Fragments” down below:
By: Seamus Fay
As you may have noticed throughout the past few weeks, Graduation Music’s latest venture is a weekly playlist series entitled Study Abroad. Featuring 12 songs by artists beyond the borders of Massachusetts that we’ve been listening to, the aim of this series is to shed light on music from all over the country, expanding our reach and also hipping our readers to the artists that we believe are up next.
Click play on edition #7 of Study Abroad below and peep the tracklist under the link!
Jah Darko – Talk
Xavley – Skin [Demo]
Dream.Peach – Fallen Angel
Saiah – girlfromjupiter
Tullis – lucille
Emmitt Dupree – DrunkAF
Retro X – Gary Jules
bby carrots – me & u
Lonny X – Bout It
Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo
Madeline Kassen – Wonder in a Bottle
PNTHN – Communion
By: Seamus Fay
Few artists have an energy as addicting as Dorchester’s own, LiBossi. We’ve covered this budding star on our pages several times in the past, and looking back, it goes without saying that he has only honed in on his skills with each successive offering. This is an artist who knows what he wants to make and will go to the ends of the Earth to make it, resulting in a brilliant, geuine sense of self that is addicting to listen to from a fan’s perspective. That said, LiBossi is back once again today to share his talents with a new single, “When I’m With You”.
Ignited by the aforementioned authenticity, this song utilizes a gorgeous soul sample to accompany LiBossi’s naturally-charismatic cadences. His lyrics, while dense in meaning and subject matter, are tinted by an individualistic charm, and further so, his voice sounds right at home amongst the up-tempo rhythm of the background instrumental. “When I’m With You” is yet another fantastic single to add to the Dorchester native’s catalog, so be sure to stream this one at the link below and keep it on repeat all weekend long!
By: Seamus Fay
Just recently, marking the release of one of the best projects to come out of Massachusetts this year, a duo by the name of Brevin Kim blessed our pages with a project entitled Happy Tears. Beautiful in its vulnerability and abstract sonic direction, this album showed immense artistic development from the MA natives, offering up their finest release to date simply by following an unmatched path of authenticity. Now that all heads are turned their way, Brevin Kim are back on Graduation Music with two new singles: “i don’t get along” and “but i can’t go”.
At their core, each of these songs take on an intense emotional connection between artist and listener. The passion that weaves itself throughout lines of introspection and confusion comes across as raw and undiluted, and in such a way, these loose offerings act as an extension of Happy Tears considering how personal they’re able to get. Without a doubt, Brevin Kim will continue to grow into an increasingly refined and sophisticated artistry, so make sure you’re hip and check out the two new singles below!
By: Seamus Fay
Whenever we get the chance here at Graduation Music to break new Boston talent, best believe we’re going to take it. Today, in this very fashion, we’re excited to showcase an artist by the name of Longlivehshawn with his anthemic single, “Setbacks”. Originally shown to me by none other than the music discovery MVP, @gregisonfire, this offering sparked my interest by way of bellowing, melodious vocals and addictive instrumentation, mixing together to form a must-listen single for all of our readers.
That said, delving a bit further below the surface, “Setbacks” acts as a soundtrack to rebounding from obstacles of any kind, all the while bringing forth a prospect of success that marks the thesis of Longlivehshawn’s determination. Listeners hear the classic “against all odds” commentary in an energetic and naturally entertaining light, providing ample evidence as to why the Boston native is an artist to watch in the first place. He’s honest with himself and where he looks to be in the years to come, and for that, “Setbacks” is a refreshing track to hear.
I’ll be keeping this one on repeat all weekend, and you should, too. Stream this standout offering from Longlivehshawn at the link provided below:
By: Seamus Fay
For those who have been reading Graduation Music for some time now, it goes without saying that you’ve seen the name Maye Star on our pages before. This Roxbury-bred talent has been on our radar for quite some time, and by pushing his artistry and taking a conceptual, calculated approach to each successive release, it goes without saying that artistic development is where Star thrives. Today, he’s here to exhibit this mindset with a luxurious new single entitled “Diamonds”.
Produced by OGD Ingram, this track comforts listeners with the melodic presence of Star’s bellowing vocals, supported by a diamond-encrusted instrumental that you simply have to nod your head to. As always, Star’s lyrics paint a picture of exactly what he’s trying to speak on, and in such a way, “Diamonds” becomes an easily entertaining listen. This is the first offering we’ve heard from the Roxbury native in a minute, and as always, he impresses.
That said, be sure to show some love and check out “Diamonds” below!
By: Seamus Fay
In my eyes, one of the most redeeming functions of sustainable music is the ability to transport listeners to distant places, far from reality, wherever that may be. Upon listening to an artist by the name of Zado and his stellar project, Self-Portrait Vol. 1, this is the very feeling I was able to extract from my listening experience.
Over the course of just three songs, Zado works to the concept of the title, painting his own self-portrait with sun-stained instrumentation and dense lyricism. While the Saint Louis talent is able to say a lot in a little amount of time, he doesn’t rush his words, instead choosing to utilize relaxed cadences to bring his points across. Naturally, this slowed-down charisma sparks the emergence of Zado’s embedded Southern charm in his voice, and the rest flows naturally, as listeners can sit back enjoy such inventive sonic direction.
The truth is, with artists like Zado, you don’t need more than 3 songs to really get across a point as long as you do so in a productive way. Self-Portrait Vol. 1 is just as long as it needs to be, and as a listener, the way I know this is because the tape does exactly what it was meant to do: paint a vivid portrait of Zado.
And in just about 11 minutes, listeners get more than just a portrait: we get a masterpiece.
Show some love to Zado and stream this offering at the link provided below!