At the rate Haasan Barclay has been releasing new material, 2017 looks to be his breakout year. In early 2016, he released his debut album Heaven Is Your Last Dream and has since put his head down and pushed forward with fervor. Since then, he has produced and featured on tracks from fellow Bostonians like Dad Jeans, OG Swaggerdick and more; he performed an intimate set at the Boston En Masse Festival in April; plus he dropped “Deep Blue Sea” with Michael Christmas, a track which kicked off a slew of new releases to garner hype for his upcoming sophomore album, which will drop some time in July.
He’s back with another new single, titled “Live For You,” which sees the songwriter dive deeper into the spaces of psychedelic R&B that he has carved out for himself among the rest of the Boston music scene. With the summer firmly in sights, the song starts with reverb-drenched guitar twangs and Barclay crooning for a lover: “I live to see you shine/ I live ’cause you’re so fine/ I live for you.” It’s an easy-going song that includes an understated longing that is similar to the recent output of singers like Miguel and Frank Ocean. This track is perfect for soaking in the sun’s rays on the beach (and cracking a few cold ones along the way).
As much of a visual artist as a songwriter, Haasan has future plans to release more visual components to his music. Given the dreamlike quality of his previous videos, like “Creatures Like Us” and “Get You Right,” expect these upcoming videos to tug your heartstrings while tripping you out.
Stream “Live For You” below via Soundcloud and see Haasan Barclay perform at Great Scott on 7/29 with Kyle Bent and Ed Balloon.