By: Seamus Fay
It’s a difficult feeling to translate into words, but some music just connects with a listener right off of the bat. Such is the feeling that I get when listening to Madeline Kassen — a Boston-based singer whose dreamy vocals will put you in a trance after just a few notes. Today, we’re here to make her talents known to our readers in the context of the gorgeous single, “Wonder in a Bottle”. About a year old now, this may be one of her older singles, but from a listener’s perspective, this track feels to be a perfect introduction to the captivating talents of the soon-to-be star — not to mention the fact that I’ve had it on repeat all afternoon long.
What “Wonder in a Bottle” is able to achieve in just under three minutes is what makes it such an impressive offering. Kassen wastes no time in transporting listeners to a faraway place with her hypnotic cadences, and the lyrics only follow this up, creating a curious world of Kassen’s creation that you can’t help but fall in love with. This is one of the best songs I’ve stumbled on in a minute, and while I know I could write about this one all day long, the true magic of the song is felt if you just check it out for yourself.
Madeline Kassen hopes to capture wonder in a bottle, but by the sounds of it, she’s done so with this very song.
Oh, and let’s not skip over the fact that this Boston talent truly does it all, as she’s credited for the lyrics, composition, vocals, keys, and production on this song. Wow.
Listen to the ever-ranging talents of Madeline Kassen by clicking play on this incredible single at the link below:
By: Seamus Fay
It’s always a pleasant sight to see that Rothstein is back with new music, and today, in a consistent fashion, the MA native fulfills this with two new tracks entitled “Carnations” alongside Teddybear and “Menthol”. Pairing up with Ricky Sour on the boards for each of the two, these delicately smooth offerings bring us directly into the world of such a promising talent, showing listeners the way around using crisp cadences and vivid lyricism. As always, Rothstein’s music is as addictive as it gets, and with the one-two punch of “Carnations” and “Menthol”, this couldn’t be truer.
By releasing these songs together, we get an inside look into the way that the budding artist glides over melodic production, and further so, how he uses the sparkling atmosphere of sound in a way complementary to his strengths. Rothstein is putting on a clinic in terms of both vocals and delivery, so in this case, I’m just going to let the quality of the music speak for itself. Talent is talent, and Rothstein knows just how to use it.
Listen to “Menthol” and “Carnations” at the link below:
By: Seamus Fay
In all my time writing for Graduation Music, one series of music that has constantly pushed the ball forward and impressed is Lord Felix’s Voice Memo series. It is with this series that Felix explores his creative ambition and keeps it as real as possible, letting fans know when he’s trying out new styles and subsequently so, adapting his artistry in ways that always seem to keep the Brockton native just one step ahead. Today, we hear the newest voice memo #310, “Wings”.
Produced by fellow Brockton native Ricky Felix, this track uses the imagery of leather jackets, as seen on the artwork, to communicate an inimitably smooth bout of charisma. The flows throw jabs back and forth with such catchy instrumentation, and as a result, Felix’s latest shows us that he has continued to develop his sound, even since we last heard him on the well-received single, “Nothing”. As always, Brockton is making its case as to why they have one of the best scenes in Massachusetts, so be sure not to sleep.
Check out “Wings” at the link provided below:
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
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: