Fresh off the heels of performing at major summer festivals in the US and international tour dates, UPSAHL dropped the third installment of THE PHX TAPES Volume Three via Arista Records August 18th. Featuring songs “0 OR 100” (A SIDE) and “FBL” (B SIDE), the collection formatted as an SIDE A/SIDE B release format pays homage to 90s-era mixtapes and illustrates the duality of UPSAHL. “0 OR 100” (SIDE A), chronicles the challenge of knowing how to make the right decision. “It’s only zero or a hundred//I only hate it or I love it” UPSAHL sings over a serene piano melody, referencing how making wrong decisions–then overcompensating for those wrong decisions–are just another one of human nature’s shortcomings. “FBL” (SIDE B) shifts to a more upbeat vibe, standing for “f**ked by life”. “Honestly, I’m kind of terrified to put out ‘0 OR 100’ because it’s coming from such a real place for me. On top of the lyrics coming straight from my personal experience,” UPSAHL shared, “I pushed myself vocally like I haven’t before, so this entire song is new territory for me in a really exciting way. ‘FBL’ feels like the unhinged younger sibling to that, touching on similar topics while rapping and getting experimental on the production. This is embarrassing, but I’ve been listening to both of these songs on repeat recently as if I’m a fan.”
B-Sides met up with UPSAHL during Outside Lands where she performed last weekend, where she spoke with host Pete Mar in a wide-ranging chat about performing at the festival, the new music and more.