Jack Karowak – “Quicksand” [Official Music Video]


By: Shamus Hill

Jack Karowak’s Treehouse Audio proved to be one of the most illustrious projects to come out of Massachusetts in 2018. Today — he returns to the Graduation Music site with the Xandros-directed visual for his reflective track “Quicksand”.

The pair combined their skillsets for the release of the official music video for “Medicine” earlier this year, and much like that drop, Xandros successfully injects additional layers of lovability into the already stunning song. This video is one of our favorites to come out this year, so be sure to give it your full attention.

Watch the official music video for “Quicksand” below:

Surfliner – ‘KISKA LP’

By: Shamus Hill

Moving from a brighter, upbeat tone towards a more self-reflective direction is the Duxbury band, Surfliner, who grace the Graduation Music pages today with their debut project, KISKA LP. Making their presence known across the world through the release of their first three singles, Surfliner have found themselves at an extremely vital point within their musical careers. An artist’s debut project is one of their most important pieces of work, with it ultimately being what a lot of listeners will remember them by. With the ball in their court, Surfliner are prepared to prove that they have what it takes to bring their music to the next level.

“Foolish Heart” is the first song off of the LP, and it’s here that Surfliner gently ease into the sonic experience. It’s one of the many songs featured on this project that quite literally draws you in closer, similar to moving towards a fire when its freezing cold. As was the case with their first three singles, “Foolish Heart” is accompanied by exquisite instrumentation that allows for a plethora of emotion to be evoked.

As the LP continues further, listeners are met by even more harmonically-rich, well-rounded songs that are the direct result of lengthy periods of learning. A lot of amazing music comes as the direct result of life experience, and it’s overwhelmingly apparent that this was the case with Surfliner as they prepared their debut project.

From here, the LP continues down this reflective, yet smooth-sounding path, with each song engraining itself into the fabric of the listener’s mind. This project is very comparable to Jack Karowak’s Treehouse Audio, in a sense that the instrumentation is the pivotal point for the entirety of the project. With it being so robust, the vocal work is able to be received at an even higher caliber, ensuring that the meaning within this LP isn’t lost. My favorite attribute of KISKA LP is the fact that Surfliner is able to piece together a number of well put-together tracks that seamlessly build off of the last.

We’ve said it a countless amount of times, but the bar for Massachusetts artists has been continuously raised thus far in 2019. With bands like Surfliner only pushing this narrative further, artists across the state will be in need of some thorough development to make sure their name remains relevant as the year progresses. If you find yourself unfamiliar with Surfliner’s discography, get hip now before it’s too late.

Listen to Surfliner’s KISKA LP down below:

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Jack Karowak – “Medicine” [Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Treehouse Audio was one of the most potent releases to come out of Massachusetts in several years, with Jack Karowak and company working tirelessly in order to push out the well-hammered album. “Medicine” ended up being one of the first tracks off of the project to really resonate with me, so I was thrilled to find out that it was next in-line for a visual treatment. Recruiting Xandros to help bring his vision to life, the pair hit it out-of-the-park with this one.

The meaning of “Medicine” lies within the realization that we all need to settle down a bit in order to set our minds straight. Jack paints scenes of rushing towards our goals to the point where we lose sight of what we’ve been working towards to begin with. Once we sit-back and take a moment to maintain our perception of things, we can then move correctly. A beautiful song that’s accompanied by an equally beautiful video, “Medicine” is certainly a highlight within Jack Karowak’s discography.

Watch the official video for “Medicine” below:

Artist: Jack Karowak

Production: David Walker & Triple Beam Brad

Director: Xandros

Jack Karowak – ‘Treehouse Audio’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

The release of an artist’s debut project is generally a defining moment in their career. It’s a culmination of potential, past experience, a chase for the top, true-to-self personality, and every other element that makes up one’s individuality, but more than anything, it’s a moment to exhibit what has come from restless hard work and the discovery of one’s artistic identity. Here to provide one of the best debuts out of MA that we’ve heard in a long time is Graduation Music favorite, Jack Karowak, with Treehouse Audio.

If there’s anyone that embodies the concepts of growth and development as an artist, then it has to be this talent right here. There was a time when I knew of Karowak’s music but never heard that one song that really hooked me in. Needless to say, Karowak never stopped working, and as a result, he’s now making the best music of his career, working toward his own expectations rather than anyone else’s.

This is Jack Karowak’s moment to show the world who he is, and by the sounds of it, he doesn’t waste a second trying to be anything he’s not.

With this, when listening to Treehouse Audio, you can tell that it’s the kind of project that came directly from the MA representative’s heart. It’s 100% what he wanted to make, and with this level of authenticity at the forefront of the release, it marks a refreshing experience for the listener to hear such liveliness in Karowak’s lyrics, vocals, instrumentals, etc.

I could go on about this project all day long, but in all honesty, the music speaks for itself, in this case. Just know that Jack Karowak is a name you’re going to be seeing all over the place quite soon, so get hip early and stream his debut project, Treehouse Audio, at the link below. This is an important moment not only for Karowak, but for the entire MA music community.

Production via David Walker, Triple Beam Brad
Features from Thalles Nunes, Notebook P

Jack Karowak – “Traveler”

By: Seamus Fay

Looking at the vast number of rising artists in Massachusetts right now, it’s fairly easier to fall between the cracks and lose that “x-factor” that you need to stand out from your peers. However, one artist that has always made sure to stand out by any means possible is Jack Karowak. Whether it be by spending countless hours in the studio, taking a chance creatively, or pushing to get his music in all the right avenues, this budding star always makes sure to work on himself and more importantly, to develop that aforementioned “x-factor”. Today, he shows this off with a wonderful new offering entitled “Traveler”.

Premiered by ELEVATOR, the playfully infectious nature of this one is what best acts as a testament to Karowak’s artistry. He exhibits an ample amount of soul through the sun-soaked guitar riffs and addictive drums, allowing for the illustrious cadences to find their full potential, one word at a time. “Traveler” is relaxed yet energetic, and by showing this through the easy-going visuals, Karowak is sure to make for a cohesive release that is bound to do some serious numbers. Less than 24 hours into its premiere, the positive comments and views are already adding up, and we couldn’t be prouder to see it. Jack Karowak is something special.

Watch the video for “Traveler” at the link below and be sure to stream it on SoundCloud here!

Directed by Xandros
Prod: @proddavidwalker
Mix/Master: @bradfeeney-prod
Guitar: Austin Brown
Bass: Pat Fey

Daily Discovery: Jack Karowak

By: Jake O’Brien

We can effectively say at Graduation Music that during our time exploring the vast universe of music which Soundcloud has become, we have discovered an immensely talented artist in Massachusetts native Jack Karowak. Rooted in the South Shore, Karowak has the overall potential to bend the music industry to his will; and turn his name into one that is echoed in households across the country. In regard to artistic capabilities, each track released by the South Shore musician comes with unrivaled rhythmic execution, a subtle vocal rasp, and a unique articulative presentation. Karowak’s distinct lyrical flow leaves his audience ultimately captivated, eagerly awaiting what the next line has to offer. Jack Karowak has impressed us in a way where we as listeners can only sit back and applaud his extremely high-level of songwriting.

As of today, the only music made public by Karowak are nine singles all located on Soundcloud. Recently, however, there have been many rumors referring to the possibility of a structured project or an album becoming available in the months to come. Without having the privilege of reviewing a larger body of work, our focus is on one of Jack’s most successful tracks titled “Home”. Not only is this the very first track posted to his Soundcloud profile, but “Home” also boasts the highest number of plays out of every song released by Karowak.

The Taylor King produced single is an emotionally unwound track, made purely for the purpose of relaxation. The opening lines of “Home” are essentially a confession of what it takes to be an aspiring musician in the world today, Karowak explains that “I been working, I ain’t making money / I got this passion they can’t take it from me.” With each spoken lyric coming like a wave washing over, Jack describes various life experiences as the hook approaches. “Home” did not attain a large amount of success by chance, as it is an impressively well put together track which is a must listen for anyone and everyone who enjoys new music.

Check back with us tomorrow for another artist we think you’d love, and in the meantime, be sure to listen to Jack Karowak on his Soundcloud account provided below.

Jack Karowak – “Form” [Prod. David Walker]

By: Seamus Fay

In my time covering Massachusetts’ budding music scene, I have stumbled across the name Jack Karowak a few times, but admittedly, I never really took the time to go through everything he has put out as of yet. However, with the release of his latest single, “Form”, I truly recognize what I was sleeping on. Not only is this young artist an absolute force vocally, but his stellar choice of production complements his natural talent wonderfully, subsequently making for some standout singles that I am just now getting hip to.

Produced by none other than David Walker, Karowak’s latest takes fans deep into his world with an introspective instrumental and reflective verses, offering his ambitions and his life with a genuine touch of personality. Acting as the cherry on top, the guitar and bass, courtesy of Brad Feeney and Pat Fey (respectively), bring this one to the next level, molding everything together and meshing with Karowak’s vocals seamlessly. Having said that, don’t make the mistake that I made – check out “Form” below and get hip to Jack Karowak as soon as possible – he’s onto something special.