(New York, NY): With a sharp voice and an even sharper pen, trailblazing iconoclast UPSAHL shares a reimagined, stripped down version of her “bright, buoyant” (Billboard) new single “Melatonin” — another tremendous example of her musical depth and prowess — via Arista Records. As she sings earnestly of Insomnia, the track glides between dreamy production swells to a danceable funk bassline. Her voice ebbs and flows with stark confessions, “I think I had too much to drink” and “I got issues in my mind, and I gotta face ‘em.”
The hook instantly captivates you — exemplifying UPSAHL’s witty songwriting craft. Insomnia now has a bop of its own. “If sleeplessness sounds this appealing, who wants to go to bed anyway,” Billboard muses. READ MORE HERE
“I wrote ‘Melatonin’ shortly after the breakup that inspired my song ‘Douchebag,’” UPSAHL explains. “I wasn’t sleeping. I was super anxious and had crazy insomnia. “Melatonin” is about being so overwhelmed with your emotions that you can’t even escape your problems in your dreams. That said, I wanted people to be able to dance in their dreams and have a little fun while they can’t sleep, so we made the production feel like a party!”
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On the visuals, she added, “The director, George Gallardo, and I wanted to show what “sleep paralysis” would look like as a person—someone who can make your best dreams feel dark. I go on a journey with this sleep paralysis character, ultimately leading to a nightmare. In the beginning, the character is sexy. I’m intrigued, just like a new romantic relationship. Once I’m taken into this dream world, which seems like an escape at first, shit begins to hit the fan. This character figuratively and literally kicks my ass! Even though the video is quite literally about anxiety in dreams, I think the arc of it is very similar to the arc of failed relationships. They can start off amazing, but when they end, it can fuck you up.”
UPSAHL recently announced a run of fall dates across the U.S. opening for Olivia O’Brien kicking off August 30th at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. She will also make her first-ever headline show debut at the Courtyard Theatre in London this fall on October 12th. FULL TOUR ROUTING BELOW.
“Happy Endings”—UPSAHL’s recent collaboration with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and iann dior— climbed up to #9 on the Alternative Top 40 Radio Chart. She also logged a second entry with her feature on DREAMERS’ “Palm Reader” with Big Boi currently sitting at #28 on the chart. Additional highlights include her breakout hit “Drugs” eclipsing 100 million streams followed by “People I Don’t Like” at 50 million streams.
UPSAHL’s full-length debut album is due out this October. More info to follow.