Upstate have shared a new video for their forthcoming single "Everything Changes." Available tomorrow (Fri. May 15) on all streaming platforms, both the song and video were recorded and filmed simultaneously in one take in vocalist Mary Kenney's living room a few weeks prior to the nationwide shutdown due to COVID-19. While the Hudson Valley-based band didn't write the song with the pandemic in mind, it retroactively speaks to the current times. PopMatters wrote in its premiere of the video: "You can't plan for songs to sync with world events but when they do, the results can be remarkable."
Upstate's most recent full-length studio album, 'Healing,' was released in 2019 on Royal Potato Family. In its review of the record, No Depression declared: "'Healing' encompasses the full scope of human emotions, from the kiss-off of "Marietta" to the sad nostalgia of "Sarah" to the sexy wanting of "Weekend." But the album's greatest strength is its mix of genres—traversing the worlds of jazz, folk, traditional, bluegrass, and rock. "Mother” also highlights their singing, although this time it's more reminiscent of the folk vocal trio Mountain Man." Acclaim for the album and the band's stirring live performances led to invitations to open for Trampled By Turtles, Lake Street Dive and The Wood Brothers among others. The band was scheduled to support Infamous Stringdusters on several dates in Spring 2020, but those shows have been postponed.
Co-vocalist Melanie Glenn notes: "When we wrote this song, we expected to release it under very different circumstances. Still, it certainly fit for the times. It was born from a feeling that can't be prepared for, no matter how often it reappears in our lives. Regardless of what we think will happen, we're reminded that everything changes faster than you thought it would."