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BENEE RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE “BEACH BOY”

ANNOUNCES NEW EP LYCHEE OUT MARCH 4TH

 

2022 WORLD TOUR ON SALE NOW

 

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03 FEBRUARY 2022 (TORONTO, ON) - Today, BENEE returns with her first new music of 2022, a single entitled Beach Boyvia Republic Records/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music companylisten HERE. The song is produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Beck) and arrives alongside the announcement of her forthcoming EP LYCHEE out March 4th.

 

Beach Boy sets BENEE in her breeziest form to date. A sweetly toned vocal and dreamy guitars evoke sixties beach movies, sun kissed summer days, and perfect beach dates.

 

BENEE says:

 

“‘Beach Boy’ is pure fantasy, set in LA. It’s about being happy alone, but still wanting some love; wanting the thrill without the pain. It was the first time I’d worked with Greg Kurstin, and it was so sick...we got on super well, and I love this track...I think it is perfect for cruising down the freeway with the top down :)”

 

BENEE headed out of lockdown in her New Zealand home to work on sessions in LA, which formed the basis of a new set of music she says is coming from a “great creative space” despite the pressures of what has been “the craziest time in all our lives.”

 

The LYCHEE EP features tracks penned with Greg Kurstin, Kenny Beats, and Rostam in LA. Back in New Zealand, she finished up three tracks with her regular collaborator Josh Fountain, including the already-released “Doesn’t Matter,” which has gathered over 5 million Spotify streams and 300K YouTube views on the music video (co-directed by BENEE).

 

Billboard raved, Benees talents as a vocalist and lyricist shine through.Meanwhile, Stereogum noted, the song isnt about feeling mellow, instead its all about attempting to cope with mental health issues.” PAPER described it as more emotive and pensive.” V Magazine also claimed, She uses her best asset, her extremely evocative and ethereal vocals, to great effect here over a steady drum-and-guitar melody.OnesToWatch praised it as an unfiltered, heartfelt look at invisiblemental health disorders.

 

BENEE is also looking forward to a 2022 headline world tour. The North American leg kicks off on May 31st in Montreal and makes stops in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more. BENEE was also recently announced on the 2022 Gov Ball lineup on Saturday, June 11th. See the full list of dates below and at beneemusic.com.

 

The 22-year-old broke through with Supalonely,” her global hit with 4 billion streams, and like many artists has had to wait for a chance to tour outside of her home country again. This years tour will be BENEEs first return to the international stage and finds her playing her first-ever US festival with Bonnaroo on her summer schedule.

 

BENEEs dreamy alt-pop mixes her deeply heartfelt reflections on life in suburban Auckland, New Zealand with offbeat and often whimsical lyrical twists, all produced with a technicolor ear for cooked beats and unpredictable hooks. 2020s debut album Hey u x  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 Billboards 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 musicand Vogue called it13 tracks of heavenly indie-alt-pop.

 

Stay tuned for more to come from BENEE this spring!

 

LYCHEE EP TRACKLIST

1.            Beach Boy

2.            Soft Side

3.            Hurt You Gus

4.            Never Ending”

5.            Marry Myself

6.            Doesn’t Matter

7.            Make You Sick

 

 

BENEE 2022 WORLD TOUR

 

NORTH AMERICA – with special guest Dreamer Boy

 

May 31            Montreal, QC              Corona Theatre

June 1             Toronto, ON                Phoenix Concert Theatre

June 3             Minneapolis, MN         First Avenue

June 4             Chicago, IL                  Vic Theatre

June 6             Detroit, MI                   St. Andrews Hall

June 7             Columbus, OH            Newport Music Hall

June 8             Washington, DC         9:30 Club

June 11           New York, NY             The Governors Ball

June 14           Boston, MA                 House of Blues

June 15           Philadelphia, PA         Theatre of Living Arts

June 17           Atlanta, GA                 Variety Playhouse

June 18           Manchester, TN          Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

June 21           Englewood, CO          Gothic Theatre

June 22           Salt Lake City, UT       The Depot

June 24           Seattle, WA                 The Showbox

June 25           Portland, OR               Crystal Ballroom

June 26           Vancouver, BC           Vogue Theatre

June 28           San Francisco, CA      The Warfield Theatre

June 30           Los Angeles, CA         The Novo

 

ABOUT BENEE
BENEE is the dreamy voice of a disaffected generation who broke through in 2020 with Supalonely,” her irresistible, four billion streaming alt-pop banger that practically defined the pandemic experience. Twenty-two-year-old Stella Bennett mixes her deeply heartfelt reflections on life in suburban Auckland, New Zealand with offbeat and often whimsical lyrical notions, all produced with a technicolor ear for cooked beats and unpredictable hooks. A fervent online following were drawn to BENEEs two intriguing EP releases, FIRE ON MARZZ and STELLA & 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 Billboards 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 musicand Vogue called it13 tracks of heavenly indie-alt-pop. Platinum Awards piled up around the globe, and she performed Supalonely” — live from New Zealand — on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, and Late Night with Seth Meyers and recorded a heartfelt live version of album opener Happen To Me” for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. A year on, BENEE returns with songs leading into her 2022 LYCHEE EP, with her latest revealing the singers journey through the emotional clatter of 2021.The EP release leads into plans for 2022 with the thing that excites Bennett most, a hefty touring schedule. Expect the world to be ready and waiting for her.

 

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