BENEE is the dreamy voice of a disaffected generation, breaking through in 2020 with "Supalonely," her irresistible, four billion streaming alt-pop banger that practically defined the pandemic experience.
Twenty-one year old Stella Bennett mixes her deeply heartfelt reflections on life in suburban Auckland, New Zealand, with offbeat and often whimsical lyrical encounters with zombies and snails, all produced with a technicolour ear for cooked beats and unpredictable hooks.
A fervent online following and been drawn to BENEE's two intriguing EP releases, Fire On Marzz and Stella and Steve before her guest-packed, yet highly personal Hey u x album was released at the tail end of 2020.
The album was a vibrant musical world with guests ranging from Grimes and Lily Allen to Gus Dapperton and Muroki (another New Zealand teen BENEE has since signed to her own label, Olive).
It was listed as one of Billboard's 25 Best Pop Albums of 2020, noting that BENEE "contemplates the woes of Gen Z with a keen ear for choruses and arrangements that oscillate between indie rock and hyperpop". Stereogum praised its "quirky but impeccably produced pop music" and Vogue called it "13 tracks of heavenly indie-alt-pop"." (Promo Copy)