Subversive Pop Figure UPSAHL Releases Audacious Single ‘Monica Lewinsky’ With Accompanying Video

Published on 31 May 2022 at 06:39

Words: Max Bradfield


American artist Upsahl has unveiled her latest single via Arista. The brazen pop tune arrives with a provocative accompanying music video and is followed by news of a North American headline tour for the Autumn.

The latest track from the singer of ‘Drugs’ and ‘People I Don’t Like’ fame, is heavy on the attitude and boisterous nature synonymous with the 23-year-old. 


Early in her career, Upsahl released a series of songs which garnered attention throughout the local Phoenix music scene and earned recognition enough to ignite a groundswell of fan adoration by way of numerous indie alternative gems. ‘Can You Hear Me Now’ achieved a viral buzz and the following single ‘Drugs’ dramatically snowballed on TikTok. 


2020 was a solid year for the pop pusher, releasing her second EP ‘Young Life Crisis’. In the autumn of 2021, Upsahl brought forth her debut album ‘Lady Jesus’ which anointed the singer as one of People Magazine’s ‘Talented Emerging Artists Making Their Mark in 2022’.


Of her newest single, 'Monica Lewensky', Upsahl shared, “On first listen, ‘Monica Lewinsky’ feels like a playful song about people who have made a massive impact on pop culture, and it is that type of song, but writing this song was much more than that for me.”


In the 90’s and the early 2000s, women like Monica, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Miley Cyrus were all dragged down by the media under a microscope spotlight and the court of public opinion simply for living their lives. One of the main reasons I get to feel existing in a creative industry is because of what they had to deal with early on in their careers. ‘Monica Lewinsky’ is my ode to them.”


The music video is just as poignant for the Phoenix native. Directed by George Gallardo Kattah, the video sees Upsahl dodging frenzied paparazzi and negotiating the caveats that come with rising stardom. Instead of shying away from the limelight, the singer navigates fame by flaunting her billboard ads and bold red carpet image. 

With a storied history of female artists being maligned in the media, this video as much as with the track itself sends a potent message that Upsahl isn’t afraid to stay true to who she is in spite of it all. 


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