Lychee a Mark of Benee’s Distinct Voice

“Where 2020 debut album Hey U X saw Benee gather an impressive guest list (Lily Allen, Gus Dapperton, Bakar) to pepper her bedroom pop with outside influences, the seven-track Lychee sees the New Zealander showing off a sound that’s distinctly her own,” DIY magazine reviewer Bella Martin writes.

“The pick of the bunch is ‘Never Ending’, where ‘90s alt-rock guitars are subtly updated via a ‘20s alt-pop filter, paired with hip hop rhythms and the singer’s typically heart-on-sleeve lyrics for a low-key anthemic track,” Martin writes.

The Auckland-born singer’s 2020 hit ‘Supalonely’ clocked over 250 million streams before she made her television debut performing it on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Benee, born Stella Bennett, 22, is on tour in Australia throughout March before she leaves for Europe, performing first in Sweden.

Original article by Bella Martin, DIY, March 4, 2022.

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Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Sydney-based artist Claus Stangl has taken out one of Australia’s top art honours with his portrait of Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi, The Guardian reports. Stangl won the packing room prize, a…