The Graduation Music staff is pleased to present you Garrett Merk’s newest track, “Sometimes”. Featuring production by Frace, this well-orchestrated release revolves around the unpredictable variables of life. Whether it be personal or professional, “sometimes” things happen that we can’t control. Brockton’s Garrett Merk speaks on this below:
I wrote this song during a real weird time. I actually wrote it around the same time I wrote ‘72’. Even though I think these two songs are totally different in terms of sound, I think the content relates. This song is about “sometimes” wanting to give up. “Sometimes” wanting to call it quits, but realizing that I’m in too deep to give up. I’ve had this vision and this goal to pursue music since I was little…but life sometimes gets in the way. Going through heartbreak, being broke, and overthinking shit were all weighing on me during this period of my life. A lot of my music from here on out is a little different than what I’ve put out in the past. There’s more depth to it. It’s more serious.
Garrett Merk on his song “Sometimes”
Everything from the concept of this song to its sonic structure are both well-thought-out and well-executed. Garrett doesn’t plan on giving up on his dreams whatsoever, and his relentless mindset will assuredly assist him in seeing his goals through. Don’t sleep, and if you’re unfamiliar with Garrett Merk’s discography, now’s the perfect opportunity to get hip.
Massachusetts-native Garrett Merk recently dropped his first single of 2019 — a reflective, energetic offering titled “72”. Serving as the second part of his previous release, “19”, this track is rich with replay value and exposes listeners to a more vulnerable side of the South Shore artist.
For the last few years, Garrett’s released a variety of tracks that emanate a glimmering, joyous feel, however this isn’t the case with this song. Feeling overshadowed by the future he once laid out for himself, Garrett’s found a way to channel the pain he’s endured into the fuel for success. He repeats “Needed that shit that ignited my flame”, several times over the course of the song — shining a light onto how he’s been able to transform negativity into positivity through hard-work and determination. “72” is a real sign of maturity within his musical portfolio, so we’re excited to hear how he continues to develop.
Listen to Garrett Merk’s latest release, “72”, below:
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
In my nearly two years writing for Graduation Music, few artists have exhibited the same level of growth and development as an artist by the name of Garrett Merk. In all honesty, Merk’s relentless vocal talents and enthusiastic attitude make him an easily lovable act, but even aside from the public eye, it’s clear that this rising talent is putting in his hours and truly striving to make some timeless music. Today, he’s back on our pages once again to take yet another step toward stardom with a stellar new track entitled “Pipsqueak”.
Produced by Frace, this song takes listeners back to the basics in the Boston artist’s career. He sheds light on the idea of staying true to oneself and the values that he was raised with, making sure to remain focused and simply stay the course on his rapid ascent to the top. Backed by a spine of infectious guitar riffs and hard-hitting drum patterns, this track holds the potential to do some serious numbers, so make sure you get hip early. Garrett Merk might just be up next out of Boston and we here at Graduation Music can’t wait.
Listen to the anthemic single, “Pipsqueak”, at the link below:
Produced by Frace Mixed by Sparemonkey Artwork by Dalton Green
Looking back, 2017 was a year of immense growth for New England and specifically Massachusetts’ budding music scene. We were fortunate enough to see the rise of many new talents as well as watch some of the more established artists prosper in their own ways, and frankly, it was inspiring to us to see the work that the artists, the producers, the photographers, the graphic designers, the mixers, the managers, etc. have been putting in. Without all of these people playing their respective roles, our scene wouldn’t be where it is today.
Having said that, we here at Graduation Music collaborated with Fresh Out The Mint to compile a list of the “Top 50 New England Songs of 2017” (in our humble opinion). Below is the playlist of all the tracks – enjoy!
Thank you sincerely to everyone for supporting us throughout 2017 and making our first full year as a blog a successful one. We greatly appreciate all the love and can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2018.
Young Seuss – “123”
Big Leano – “Broke” [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
Vintage Lee – “Bless You” [Prod. Jew Paidro]
Millyz – “Lessons” [Prod. Achillies]
VALLEY – “Atari” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
Caliph & Jefe Replay – “The Mood” [Prod. Obeatz]
MyCompiledThoughts – “Romeo and Juliet”
Cousin Stizz – “Lambo”
DJ Lucas – “Doubt”
Lonny X – “Believe It” [Prod. Gravez]
Juxi – “Leave Me Alone” [Prod. Banbwoi]
Jiggz – “Excuses” [Prod. digitLIX]
KREW$ – “Dog Days” [Prod. DMND]
RAMS – “Disease!” [Prod. Maka]
Rothstein – “Jaded” ft. Supa Bwe [Prod. Shepard]
Patrick Michel – “Perfect” [Prod. GrandCruu]
Alejandro Blanco – “Give It To Her” [Prod. TFresh & SSB]
Jefe Replay – “Stay Ugly” [Prod. Humbeats]
Mizzie Cash – “Maneuvering” [Prod. Rob $urreal]
Lord Felix – “Power” ft. Marvelous Stefan [Prod. LoLoTheGod]
Plad Fine$$e – “Cheese” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]
Maye Star – “Adjacent” ft. CH!LD [Prod. Sevnth]
WHYTRI – “XURWIFI (Remix) ft. Lily Rayne [Prod. Cecil]
Stripes iii – “Henny Down” [Prod. K.C.B.]
Khary – “1-800-IDGAF” [Prod. Cloud Atrium]
SuperSmashBroz – “Replay Interlude” ft. Jefe Replay [Prod. LDG]
Michael Christmas – “Not The Only One” ft. Tobi Lou [Prod. Durkin]
$ean Wire – “Moonlight” [Prod. Tropicana Bwoy]
Pistola – “Jokes On You” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
CAVE – “Who’s Next” [Prod. Maka]
Maka & Durkin – “Waterworld”
Gio Dee – “Buzz Lightyear” [Prod. MLVN]
Humbeats – “Monday” ft. Austin Fair & TeaMarrr
StupidGenius – “Palm Trees” ft. Capito [Prod. Lil Rich & Gruca]
Garrett Merk – “Simple” [Prod. Frace]
Danny Diamonds – “Can’t Talk”
Gogo – “Cocaina”
Polo $ummers – “$ad Boi” [Prod. WaVe GoD]
SuperSmashBroz – “Still” ft. Big Leano & Vintage Lee [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
Haasan Barclay – “Live For You”
CHE – “Thii”
Avenue – “Ain’t Shit Funny” (Remix) ft. Prano, Millyz, Le$, Al-Doe & Chase N Cashe
Donald Grunge – “Shade” [Prod. Maka]
Boogie Da God – “Get Well Soon” ft. Jefe Replay
Marvelous Stefan – “Double Tap!” ft. Saint Lyor [Prod. Trevor Powers]
Black EL – “Another Dose” [Prod. Durkin]
$wooli – “Rainy Days” ft. Rachel Aiello
Rosewood Bape – “Miss Me” [Prod. Kin Rich]
TeaMarrr – “The One” [Prod. Ky Thompson & Keith Bell]
Michael Christmas – “Top Turnbuckle” ft. OG Swaggerdick