Watch + Listen: SHAED’s New Single/Video ‘Once Upon a Time’ is Hauntingly Beautiful

Platinum selling D.C. indie pop trio SHAED created one of the most perfectly pandemic-inspired works of art in the video for their recent single ‘No Other Way,’ traveling to exotic destinations without ever leaving their Tampa studio. But with the release of their new album still four months away, they’ve decided to toss us another visual teaser, for second single ‘Once Upon A Time’ – and it’s an absolute stunner.

In it, singer Chelsea Lee hauntedly laments, “All of my walls came crashing down on you / You can’t change me,” against an opulent, but mournful sweep of strings. It was recorded in their home studio, but they directed the 13-piece Macedonian Symphony Orchestra over Zoom, once again a case of art rising above the crisis that has forced nearly everyone to reassess their established creative methodologies.

“’Once Upon A Time’ is about the tragic nature of being young and in love,” Lee explains. “In our youth, there’s an untapped well of ever-changing emotions that wants to spill out. First relationships are filled with intense feelings of love, hope, doubt, and regret. In the blink of an eye, you go from believing you’ll die in that person’s arms, to watching the walls of the foundation you built crumble around you.”

Truly a metaphor for our times.

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