Camp Blood – “Aerosol”

By: Shamus Hill

Within the current climate of Hip-Hop/Rap music, we’ve arrived at a point in time where a large percentage of the music that’s being released is both uninspiring and regurgitated. It’s become difficult to find an artist, or artists, who somehow find a way to break the mold and challenge the genre itself, however, today Camp Blood has embarked on the mission towards doing exactly this.

If you’ve been keeping up to date with Haasan Barclay over the course of the last couple of months, you’ll note that he’s been working diligently alongside Shaka Dendy and Matthew Thornton at laying the foundation for what has ultimately become Camp Blood — a Boston-based group which is striving to bring something new to the table. The trio just released their debut single, “Aerosol”, earlier today via Allston Pudding, and following a few listens through the track I’m still attempting to grasp all of the sonic elements that the song provides. Both Haasan and Shaka trade bars back and fourth throughout the entirety of the track as Matthew Thorton lays down a thunderous instrumental which utilizes elements of both punk rock and experimental Hip-Hop music. From the second you press play “Aerosol” takes you on a two and a half minute journey that’s full of high-paced energy.

This track serves as the first single off of Camp Blood’s debut project, Camp Blood, which is set to come out on July 5th, so be sure to give “Aerosol” a listen in order to properly gear up for its release.

Listen to “Aerosol” below:


Surfliner – “Surfliner”

By: Shamus Hill 

It’s always a joy when new artists are featured on the Graduation Music site, which is exactly what is occurring today with the Duxbury-based band, Surfliner. This self-titled release is a song that “was made for listening to in the rain”, however, also captures the feels given off on a warm, bright day. “Surfliner” is not only beautifully written by Tyler Wyatt and Alex Gonzalez, but features the astounding instrumentation of guitar, bass, and drums at the hands of Tyler Wyatt. Sam Worley helps puts the cherry on top with his tranquil, yet uplifting vocals, making this track out to be one of the band’s most potent releases to date.

“Surfliner” largely deals with the group’s hectic state of being at this moment in time, and how life has been seemingly drawing them all over the place. As they continue to work towards the completion of their goals, the ease of things begins to move towards the horizon, and new challenges begin to move in their direction. While this may be viewed upon as tumultuous to many, Surfliner finds solace in what’s been on-going. They understand that they’re en route towards their destiny, and that with time, things will begin to fall into place. A beautiful composition that centers itself around meaning and hope, “Surfliner” is another fantastic release to come out of Massachusetts.

I was very grateful to come across Surfliner’s music, but at the same time was disappointed that I hadn’t listened to it at an earlier point in life. While only having a total of three songs currently available on Spotify/Bandcamp, Surfliner still possess a discography full of high-quality music that is worthy of your attention. These guys don’t leave any variable up to chance, and whole-heartedly deliver fans pieces of work that are both well-thought-out and carefully crafted. The feeling given off from their songs is nothing short of uplifting, something which I’m sure will continue to draw fans their way. If you find yourself in the Amherst-area on October 26th, Surfliner will be having a show at the Amherst VFW, so definitely show out if you’re messing with their sound.

Listen to Surfliner’s self-titled release below:


Kleo – “Guts” & “Bands”

By: Shamus Hill 

2020’s Kleo dropped off two new tracks yesterday, “Guts” (PROD. LEVITATINGMAN) and “Bands”. Following his latest release “Stunt More”, Kleo returns to the more exuberant, joyful sound reminiscent of some of his earlier music. As time has progressed, this young talent has showcased phenomenal growth, which in turn has helped 2020 continue to grow since our interview with the collective at an incredible pace.

The first of the two new tracks was “Guts”, which definitely provides a hard, gritty sound, simultaneously still capturing the bubbly, fun energy of Kleo. Throughout the song, Kleo details how he’s built to last and how formidable he’s been despite all of the bullshit he’s endured. “You can take my heart / I can live without it” echoes towards the middle of the song, cementing the fact that he’s going to carry out his goals no matter what anyways does, or thinks they can do, to him – a lesson for any and everyone to take from. Listen to “Guts” [Prod. LEVITATINGMAN] below.

“Bands”, the second song released by Kleo yesterday, was my personal favorite of the two. His music is undeniably fun to listen to, with both tracks furthering this feeling and making for entertaining listens from the first second to the last. Keeping up with his tremendous selection of beats, Kleo does a phenomenal job on this track, both lyrically and sonically speaking. Complete with carved-out flows and the Boston native’s lively energy, “Bands” is another 2020 track that’ll undoubtedly be in rotation for the weeks to come. Don’t sleep, listen to “Bands” below: