Photo Credit: Imogen Wilson (@imogenwilson_)
By Alissa Arunarsirakul // February 10, 2020
Just days after her 20th birthday, BENEE unveiled the fun-loving “Supalonely” music video off her recent EP, STELLA & STEVE. The New Zealander first fueled her passion for music through GarageBand covers and later made her way into professional recording studios. Although the indie pop breakout star released two astounding EPs in 2019, this year is certainly destined to be her greatest yet.
On “Supalonely,” BENEE shared,
“Sometimes when you’re sad you’re just like, ‘Ugh, get over it!’ I think when I listen to music like ‘Supalonely’ where it’s making fun of the feeling of being sad. In a way, it kind of makes me feel good in a very weird way. When I hear ‘Supalonely’ now and when I perform it, I feel happy.”
The “Supalonely” visual is as bubbly as BENEE’s charming personality. With creative touches down to BENEE’s original brand of colorful cereal and neon pink baggy pants, the music video is filled with pure ebullience–which is deeply contrasted by the track’s seemingly melancholic lyrics. Even Gus Dapperton, who collaborated with BENEE on the funky track, is seen throwing down his best dance moves as the camera cuts back to our “Supalonely” Kiwi.
BENEE expanded on the “Supalonely” music video,
“We definitely wanted it to be overly happy and colorful. It contrasts with the underlying sad lyrics that don’t appear to be sad when you first hear them. I definitely want the video to make people feel happy. I think totally relating to that feeling of being sad–but also making fun of yourself–is fun for people. It makes them happy, which is cool.”