Indie-Pop sensation, UPSAHL has every right to celebrate. Last year, she released her first proper single, “Can You Hear Me Now,” a bouncy, rhythmic, and poignant track that set the internet positively abuzz.
“It’s a message to someone on the other end of a failing relationship,” UPSAHL says of the song. “It’s the kind of relationship that has been dysfunctional for a long period of time to the point where one person decides it isn’t worth the stress, time, or energy anymore.”
Now, UPSAHL is gearing up for the release of her latest single, “Kiss Me Now,” on which she seamlessly blends elements of Indie Rock, Pop, and Electronica. Produced by Max Frost, “Kiss Me Now” officially drops on February 9th.
Given the maturity in her craft, it’s nearly impossible to believe that Taylor Upsahl, who goes by simply UPSAHL, recently tossed her mortarboard in the air as a high school graduate. For someone so young, the Phoenix, AZ native is a remarkably skilled singer, songwriter and performer. It’s no wonder the Phoenix New Times proclaimed that her “songwriting will blow you away” and that her songs “transcend her teenage years, with catchy lyrics and melodies relatable to all ages.”
A local darling for national touring acts in Phoenix, UPSAHL recently played the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, opening for artists like The Shins, Beck, and Flume.
Born into a musical family, UPSAHL started playing both guitar and piano at the age of 5. “My dad was touring in bands long before I was born,” shares UPSAHL, “so I was lucky enough to have a band room in my house all throughout my childhood. Having access to instruments and a thorough understanding of music allowed me to start writing my own stuff when I was 13.”
By the time she was 14, UPSAHL had written 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.
Influenced by artists like The Shins, Spoon, Lorde and Beyonce, UPSAHL has an undeniable ability to write songs that can permeate your psyche, forcing you to tap into your deepest emotions. “I like to maintain powerful and complex lyrics that are relatable to a variety of people in a variety of situations,” shares UPSAHL. “I especially like to write about relationships, friendships, politics and important cultural issues.”
2018 will see UPSAHL spending most of her time in Los Angeles working on music with a wide range of songwriters and producers, all the while releasing a constant flow of new material to the masses.
“I’m incredibly excited to see what’s next,” affirms UPSAHL. “Not only has my sound evolved, but so have I.”
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Consequence of sound:
A confident, doe-eyed paean to the anticipation of a first kiss from a talented artist just months out of high school.
So uhhh.. the guitar line on this song was recorded in a bathroom. I mean I guess that's not surprising given that inspiration can strike anywhere -- but Upsahl stuck with the original recording. Which is perhaps what gives it its cool alt-rock-pop vibe.
ONES TO WATCH:
This grunge-like track that UPSAHL has embodied gives us pure girl power vibes and we can’t wait to see what else she’s got in-store.
YABYUM Music + Arts:
UPSAHL takes a sassy and assertive role on this single while Max Frost’s production keeps things playful by adding more bounce than bite.
Men are not expected to pay the bill anymore, girls can do the first move, and UPSAHL knows that: in “Kiss Me Now”, she recalls that feeling on waiting for the other person to do the first move and thinking “ok fuck it, I’m doing it”.
aT cost magazine
A brimming, exuberant track, it’s a single that makes light of the situation, played to the honest charm of UPSAHL’s storytelling prose