theworldbirdie w/ Pope – “Footup” (Audio/Visual)

By: Shamus Hill

Anyone who’s been reading the Graduation Music site throughout the last year will most certainly recognize theworldbirdie’s name. The Barnstable-native has compiled a bright discography that gracefully captures the relaxed feeling of the Cape. Working alongside his good friend, Pope, theworldbirdie adds “Footup” to his arsenal of music, a highly-listenable release that marks a solid beginning to the artist’s 2019.

After Isaac Dunbar, theworldbirdie is the only other artist from Barnstable that I’m familiar with, however both I’d consider to be some of my favorites in Massachusetts. theworldbirdie released an exceptional project this past summer titled ARTx, and since then has been working tirelessly to gift fans with transcendent music that’s full of replay value.

“Footup” is the second time that theworldbirdie has recruited Pope to be featured on one of his tracks, and both times the pair have concocted an addictive, dreamy song that wraps itself around the mind of the listener. Bridge Vision helped bring the video for “Footup” to life, and it does a great job at lifting the levels of fun and relaxation that are present within this song. An overall captivating release, both theworldbirdie and Pope should be extremely proud of the work they’ve put in.

Watch the video for “Footup” below:

Isaac Dunbar – “Freshman Year”

By: Seamus Fay

While he may only be a freshman in high school, Isaac Dunbar is a Massachusetts native that has a lot to say. His emotions prove to be deeply ingrained throughout his music, and with a knack for translating the toughest of times into the most beautiful of lyrics, Dunbar’s artistry knows no bounds. Today, this is shown through the budding star’s latest song, “Freshman Year”. Incredibly personal and true-to-self, this is the kind of song that has the power to really resonate with and even save a lot of listeners out there, so let’s delve further in.

Backed by gorgeous, guitar-led production, the way that the instrumentation builds up on this one makes for a special offering in the sonic sense. Each and every one of Dunbar’s lyrics are heartbreakingly honest, and just by listening through a pair of headphones, listeners are able to feel his pain — so much so to the point where it hurts to even hear his struggles. Becoming emotionally involved in “Freshman Year” is the default reaction, as fans come to grow and love the vulnerability of Dunbar in the context of his high school career.

I could write about this song all day long, but I’ll let our readers check it out for themselves at the link provided below. That said, also be sure to keep an eye out for the soon-arriving accompanying visuals for “Freshman Year”!


Isaac Dunbar – “Suicide”

By: Seamus Fay

It comes as no secret by now that Massachusetts is home to an insane number of promising young talents. Naturally, these talents uncover themselves, one gem after another, and today, we’re here to assist in the process by bringing yet another rising artist to our pages in the form of Barnstable native Isaac Dunbar and his latest single, “Suicide”. I was originally put onto this standout track by way of the music discovery MVP, @gregisonfire, and ever since I took a deeper dive into Dunbar’s SoundCloud, it has become quite clear to me that this is no regular find — this kid is going to be a star.

That being said, the first remarkable fact about Dunbar is that he is only a freshman in high school. His potential and current quality of artistry range far, far beyond his years, and even so, Dunbar comes off as an incredibly mature songwriter and vocalist when he graces the mic. In the case of “Suicide”, he shows these skills through the lens of perspective, splitting the lyrics of the song into two sections: one told by the person who is killing themself, and one by the person who is convincing the other person not to.

These clashing points of view mesh together in a beautiful sonic atmosphere brought to fruition by relaxed drums and smooth, mesmerizing waves of melody — just the right place to find emotion in such serious context. That being said, the latest from Isaac Dunbar clearly shows us why he is about to be the next star out of Massachusetts. So don’t sleep, get hip by listening to “Suicide” at the link below and keep an eye out for the rising talent in the future!