By: Seamus Fay
It seems as though every new week I find a new artist from the Massachusetts area that I end up loving. Naturally, with so much music going in and out of my headphones, I don’t end up revisiting every single one, but one act that has always stuck with me is Garrett Merk. For Merk, longevity comes naturally. His music effortlessly communicates universal themes in ways that are equally as infectious as they are understandable, not to mention the fact that he holds an unreal amount of talent and sky-high potential. Today, we see these aspects of his artistry in the context of a brand new release, “GTR”.
Led by one of the most illustrative instrumentals that I’ve ever heard Merk take on, “GTR” is the kind of song that you can listen to throughout an entire range of emotions. It’s easy to find comfort in the addictive sound, and with a video that perfectly represents the rising talent’s energetic presence whenever he steps near a mic, this feels like a remarkably true-to-self release. Garrett Merk is the kind of artist that’s going to be around for quite a while, and he’s only just getting started. That said, this wonderfully cinematic set of visuals will surely impress anyone that they come across, so be sure not to sleep.
Click play on “GTR” at the link provided below!
Produced by Frace
Shot/Edited by Frace Media
Mixed and Mastered by Spare Monkey Studios
By: Shamus Hill
Fresh off of the release of his debut album, ARTx, theworldbirdie and Alexander Hagani are here today to reunite and provide fans with the brand new video for “Good Time”. The vibrant visuals circulate around the theme of summer romance, and perfectly suit the soothing, warm feel that is present throughout this track. Following the release of this video, it’s apparent that the Cape-native is yet another artist from Massachusetts that’s on his way to becoming one of our area’s most notable talents.
This video showcases the beauty of finding love during the summer, yet at the same time how it all eventually comes to an end as the fall rushes in. Capturing the essence of this song perfectly, there’s no arguing that theworldbirdie has once again added a solid piece of work to his catalog of releases. No matter the subject matter, he’s extremely talented in the area of breaking down his life experiences and coming up with delightful methods of expressing them.
The last time Alex Hagani and theworldbirdie joined forces was on the video for “ARTx (Intro)”, which, similarly to this release, was exceptional. The pair have an innate ability to work well with one another, which becomes overwhelmingly apparent as they continue to collaborate. All we can hope is that they’ll team up again in the future to make some more magic happen.
Watch the video for theworldbirdie’s “Good Time” below:
By: Shamus Hill
Nothing feels better than introducing new artists onto the Graduation Music site, which is exactly what’s happening today with Dark World’s Rideordie (aka Yung Shaman). “PLAN IT”, which utilizes production at the hands of both Branchez and Luka, is a superb addition to Rideordie’s catalog of music, and it comes paired with some visuals that are both shot and edited by DJ Lucas. Despite taking place in Iowa, the video appears as if it could’ve been shot in Western MA, showcasing how Dark World truly brings a piece of where they’re from to wherever they go.
Prior to becoming hip to Rideordie, I was only aware of Dark World’s DJ Lucas and Reed. After watching this video, it’s clear that the Yung Shaman is dead set on a mission to showcase the extremely high levels of talent and versatility prevalent within the other artists of the 413-based music collective. The unbothered attitude possessed by each member of Dark World is most certainly apparent in Rideordie, especially as he whips around open fields on a go-kart whilst off of a few beers. This pairs perfectly with the jovial, care-free sound that Rideordie possesses on this track. I’m excited to see how he continues to develop sonically as time continues.
The video for “PLAN IT” takes place at this year’s Black Hole Fest in Cedars Falls, Iowa, and helps to give fans a sneak peak into the type of camaraderie prevalent within this tight-knit group of musicians, whom view each other as the best of friends rather than simply co-working artists. Dark World has been a major spark in the Western Massachusetts music scene, which in recent years has been blossoming more than ever. Another shining example of how hard artists are working in our own backyard, Rideordie is on a mission to make a name for himself.
Watch the video for “PLAN IT” down below:
By: Seamus Fay
Quite frankly, looking at the current state of the music world, it can often feel as though the meaning and impact of a truly well-done music video is a lost art (with a few exceptions). Few and far in between are the videos that truly illustrate the feeling or mood of a song in its purest state, but when one does come around, it always deserves the highest of praise. Returning back to this rightful definition is Gabe Gill and his latest set of visuals for “The Perseids”.
Ranking amongst the most cinematic music videos I’ve seen in all of 2018, this release flawlessly takes hold of the illustrative capabilities of Gill’s music and puts it directly on the screen without losing any power in translation. The coloring is beautifully done, the scenery is near heavenly, and by using the beach as his canvas, Gabe Gill truly did his thing with this one. Not only does “The Perseids” act as a testament to the level of care that the rising talent puts into his visual work, but it also tells us just how dedicated he is to improvement and being the best artist he can possibly be. Gill is both a lesson and an inspiration, in this way.
That said, check out the video at the link below and keep an eye out for Carousel 2 soon!
Produced by GG and Tieren Costello
Mixed by Connor Barkhouse
Mastered by Rafael Moure
Video by Chase Buckley
By: Seamus Fay
Hailing from the talented state of Connecticut, K$UBI KAYY has become a frequent flyer of sorts here on Graduation Music, refining and polishing his craft one release after another as he rises to the top. Today, Kayy is here to keep this going and bless us with a new music video for “Iron Giant”, following up the soulful single, “I Want You” released just a few weeks back. And trust me — trying to craft visuals for a song as thunderous as “Iron Giant” is certainly no small task, but this rising talent truly does it justice and keeps the stocks on an insuppressible rise in his latest.
That said, the commanding force of deeply-cut bass kicks and ringing melodies are what best characterizes this song. Matching the same energy, the visuals for this one paint Kayy in a darkened light, hiding behind the mask of night as he drops off bar after bar of powerful lyricism. Even further, the strategic use of effects in this video make for a remarkably cohesive release both sonically and visually, and all in all, “Iron Giant” will undoubtedly keep K$UBI KAYY on his way to the top.
Show some love and click play on “Iron Giant” at the link below:
Shot + Edited by @IkeAbakah
By: Seamus Fay
As it stands, even with the abundance of headline-grabbing rap albums released this year, I can confidently say that Michael Christmas’ Role Model remains in my top 5 projects of 2018. It’s a remarkably true-to-self record, and by watching the Boston representative transition into his newfound role in life, it genuinely feels as though fans are being taken along for the ride toward success for Christmas. That said, amidst the very beginning stages of his tour, this soon-to-be star is back on Graduation Music today with a new music video for the Role Model standout, “Ball”.
Produced by Thelonious Martin and Aniko Thomas, this soulful record has always been one of my favorites on the album due to its infectious dedication toward making it as an artist. Christmas puts his all into the anthemic offering, and matching this intensity appears a championship basketball game in the new visuals. Names including Millyz, Muyi Fre$co, Jefe Replay, Haasan Barclay, and Coach OG Swaggerdick grace the screen as they hold numerous different roles involved with the game, but not until Christmas comes in for a late substitution is the full glory of the song felt. He attempts a game-winning shot with the entire crowd booing the decision to bring him in the game, and as for the result, you’ll just have to watch and see.
Click play on the Shadow Lion production at the link below:
By: Seamus Fay
Roxbury’s own AK has been on Graduation Music’s radar for quite some time now, and presenting the most refined version of his artistry to date, he’s here to take his rightful place in the spotlight once again with a brand new video for “The Three Freestyle”. In all truth, we can pretty much guarantee it’s going to be something special when AK jumps out of the shadows and blesses us with a new release. He doesn’t drop much, but when he does, it goes without saying that he’s going to make it count. Needless to say, such is the case with AK’s latest effort.
Doused in a relentlessly hard-nosed energy, this song finds its energy woven throughout an array of aggressive melodies and trunk-rattling bass kicks. The Roxbury native’s deliveries don’t stop for anyone, and the bar is only brought to the next level when you dissect just how dense his verses truly are. That said, the visuals pair up perfectly with this “play no games” mindset as we watch AK absolutely go off, surrounded by his team as he provides ample as to why he’s ready for the top.
“The Three Freestyle” proves that AK is back, and he’s back with a vengeance. Get hip by clicking play at the link below:
Directed by D Gomez Films