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BENEE Strips Back Viral Hit ‘Supalonely’ to Create the Dreamy ‘Lownely’

Recorded in the final hours before New Zealand went into lockdown, “Lownely” sees BENEE recreating her viral single in a new light.

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New Zealand indie-pop artist BENEE has dropped a stripped-back rendition of her viral hit “Supalonely”, sharing the appropriately-titled “Lownely” earlier today.

Sharing “Supalonely” as part of her Stella & Steve EP back in November, BENEE managed to find herself a voracious audience for the track via video-sharing social network TikTok, with more than 10 million videos being made with the song.

The single has since gone Platinum in Australia, and has exceeded 200 million streams online, undoubtedly turning the young Kiwi artist into a household name.

While the track itself has managed to speak to its audience during this time of lockdown, BENEE has now shared a dreamy rendition of the track, officially titled “Lownely”.

Also titled “Supalonely v2”, the new recording was made the same night that New Zealand went into COVID-19-induced lockdown, working with producer Josh Fountain at Golden Age Studio in the final hours before the midnight curfew.

“I decided that I wanted to show a different side to the song seeing as when I wrote it, I was actually at a pretty low point. I wanted to fully commit to making a really sad song,” BENEE explained of the track.

“My guitar player Tiare came up with the guitar parts which I loved! I wanted to create a slow sad indie vibe and she did a really awesome job of this! We ended up getting it mixed by Dilip Harris in the UK who does a lot of work for King Krule (who I love) I thought he would really complement the style of the song.”

In related news, BENEE was just yesterday announced as the latest performer for Nova’s Red Room, with a virtual livestream performance and Q&A set to take place on Thursday, May 14th.

Fans hoping to win the chance to attend BENEE’s virtual performance next Thursday can do so by heading to the Nova website and listening to the Nova Network’s night show, weeknights from 7pm to 10pm.