Updated: May 24, 2021
Release Date: May 14, 2021 Genre: Indie Pop, Pop Rock Label: Arista Records The 22-year-old indie-pop artist Taylor Upsahl, or better known by her stage name UPSAHL is back with the release of her brand new single, "Douchebag." After the release of a few singles since her sophomore EP, Young Life Crisis, "Douchebag" is the lead single off her forthcoming debut album, due out later this year. Taylor first made waves with her own music in 2019 with her debut EP, Hindsight 20/20, that also released alongside her first major single, “Drugs.” This set off for an eventful 2019 for Taylor with a spot on the 2019 edition of the massive music festival Lollapalooza and went on tour supporting a barrage of acts that includes Pvris, Young the Giant, Max Frost, Broods, and Joywave. This all lead Taylor to have some wildly interesting experiences for her songwriting. She went on to co-write the track “Good In Bed” for Dua Lipa’s chart-topping 2020 sophomore album, Future Nostalgia, and writing music with many fellow pop artists among Anne-Marie and Madison Beer, to name a few.
In the fall of 2020, UPSAHL released her much-anticipated EP, Young Life Crisis. Following its success, and finding some exposure on TikTok, the EP was re-released on December 15, 2020, with an additional sixth track, "Arizona." While still riding the wave the EP brought her, in the first five months of 2021, UPSAHL has released a non-album single, "STOP!" and has been a featuring artist on singles by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Dreamers, and Feder. Musically, the song is in the same vein as the songs featured on Young Life Crisis and begins with subtle clean guitar chords and Taylor profoundly chanting, "You're a douchebag." Shortly after, synth bass and drums burst into the track to take it on a more pop-rock path -in casual UPSAHL fashion. The song leaves you with an itch to be replayed with its hooks, harmonies, and melodies, during it's short two minutes and twenty-two-second length.
On the lyrical side of "Douchebag," Taylor opens up about a messy breakup in the song's openly honest lyrics. The lyrics are a bold middle finger to somebody who has cheated on you. It also serves as the first taste of what yet is to come from Taylor on her debut album that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster that she went through that inspired the song's on the soon-to-be-released album.
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