It's been since Summer 2020 when we last heard new music from Upstate. In the interim, there's been babies, marriages, engagements, relocations, new career paths, band members departing, band members arriving and that merely scratches the surface. Perhaps the band was foreshadowing the subsequent 24 months when they released their previous single "Everything Changes." One thing that has remained constant, however, is founding members Mary Kenney, Melanie Glenn and Harry D'Agostino's commitment to each other and the joyful sound they create together. With the addition of percussionist/drummer Dylan Mckinstry, Upstate has been writing and recording a fresh collection of songs. Final machinations are currently being made for the release of these recent efforts, details of which will be announced shortly. Today, the band shares the first of these recent endeavors, "Lovers & Friends" (listen/share), a delicate yet soaring indie folk gem that explores the subtle intricacies of cherished relationships.
"This is a tune that reflects on the different kinds of stakes wrapped up in our romances and intimate friendships, the ways that we know each other, and the ways that we don’t. The kind of honesty that can flourish in a genuine friendship, and the kinds of lies that romance often begets," explains bassist and songwriter Harry D'Agostino.
If the grace of "Lovers & Friends" hints at Upstate's creative rebirth on the horizon, we'll patiently wait just a little longer for their forthcoming album to arrive in Spring 2023. In the meantime, Upstate has a handful of dates scheduled for the remainder of this summer with additional Autumn shows to be added shortly.
7/16 - Sherman, NY - Heron Farm & Event Center
7/29 - Cortland, NY - Main Street Music Series
8/17 - Katonah, NY - Caramoor Center for Music & Arts
10/15 - Geneva, NY - Smith Center for the Arts