Auckland, New Zealand’s Bene spins out her latest single “Evil Spider”. It’s the latest single from the teenage singer/songwriter’s upcoming EP on Republic Records, due on the 28th of June.
“Evil Spider” is Bene’s third single since 2017. This release has a brighter, poppier sound than her past singles. That’s just what Bene is going for: a showcase of genre flexibility and space to not be confined to one particular sound.
“Evil Spider” is a fun and bouncy, neo-soul creepy-crawly rollercoaster. The track has a classic sound with modern appeal. Taking elements from indie pop and R&B, Bene deconstructs modern pop music to create unique sonic art. Genre-bending is what she describes as her own “Benevision”. The talented artist sees a blank canvas upon which to smash music and physical art together, collaborating with as many different creatives as possible to put out projects that reflect her artistic truth. Bene’s authenticity really shines through her music. Since starting to record at Golden Age Studios in her senior year of high school, Bene has had an unstoppable and feverish conviction to pursue music full-time.
Bene’s silky voice weaves a narrative with an inviting storyline. Bene conceptualizes diverse soundscapes by sourcing diverse material; she claims to have been humming ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ in the studio while recording this track. “Evil Spider” wouldn’t be out of place in a ‘James and the Giant Peach’ 2019 re-imagining. The story in the lyrics is reminiscent of when you see a cute little spider in your bedroom before you go to sleep. It doesn’t look menacing until you wake up the next morning to see the sinister remains of bite marks suffered in the night. The bluesy guitar solo pulls you into the web before the final devouring of Bene’s striking vocals sees the track off.
“I want to be a powerful, strong woman who people can look up to,” says Bene. “I want to be honest, and I want to be myself.” In support of her upcoming debut EP, Bene will be performing in New York on June 17th. Set your internet alerts now so you don’t forget!