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“‘Drugs’ is her best yet, and, on it, the Phoenix native exudes a rad and rebellious vibe” – Hillydilly
“A vibrant debut…an instantly catchy chorus — the vocals sound refined enough to be taken for an industry mainstay” – Billboard
“A bubbling swaying number…the 19-year-old artist displays a mature grasp and sense of self-awareness when it comes to relationships and her own emotions” – Consequence of Sound
UPSAHL premieres the music video for her critically acclaimed new single “Drugs.” Directed by Patrick Lawler, the chemically-coated clip depicts an apartment party through a psychedelic lens of brightly colored illicit substances. This buffet of shiny and glittery powder, pills and plumes of smoke offers an antidote to the boredom of dead-end pleasantries and unwelcome flirtations. As it brings a rainbow-hued trip of handcrafted special effects to life, the clip breathes new meaning into the catchy hook, “I just came here for the drugs.”
Regarding the video, she said, “I knew I wanted to make a house party video for “Drugs,” as that’s where the inspiration for the song came from. The whole point is that it’s a metaphor for dealing with fake people and superficial conversations, so we wanted to replicate that feeling throughout the video with fake and colorful “drugs.” Patrick Lawler, the director, did all of the special effects himself. He’s the sh*t, and this video is so dope!”
One hit of “Drugs” has accelerated UPSAHL’s rise towards a 2019 breakthrough. Not only did it rack up close to 300,000 Spotify streams in less than a few weeks, but it also earned praise from press like Idolator who raved, “(the song is about avoiding other people’s bullshit and having a good time), but it works on both levels.”  The single also sets the stage for the release of her debut EP, “Hindsight 20/20” on March 8.
UPSAHL is gearing up to hit the road in the Spring. She’ll join Max Frost on his Gold Rush Tour in March/April, ending at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 10. March will also see UPSAHL play a PopScene show in San Francisco at Rickshaw Stop on the 1st and a School Night! show in Los Angeles at Bardot on the 4th. Check out the full confirmed itinerary below.
“Drugs” proves just as intoxicating as her recent single and music video for “The Other Team,” which has amassed over 500,000 streams and received praise from Refinery29, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, Alternative Press, Ones To Watch, and more.
When she was 17, UPSAHL wrote and released a self-titled EP, which gained much-deserved recognition throughout the Phoenix music scene. A graduate of the Arizona School for the Arts, a performing arts middle/high school, UPSAHL continued to hone her craft, while being classically trained on piano, guitar and choir every day.
UPSAHL went on to ignite a groundswell of fan adoration and tastemaker praise by way of numerous indie pop gems. “Can You Hear Me Now” achieved palpable viral buzz followed by “Kiss Me Now” and “Rough. Her enigmatic, endearing, and entrancing style garnered widespread critical acclaim from Nylon, Consequence of Sound, Indie Shuffle, Ones To Watch, The Line of Best Fit,and more. Signing to Arista, her rise to pop ubiquity (on her own terms) has only just begun.
*supporting Max Frost
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By Michael Macsuga

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