Today, New Zealand alternative pop starÂ BENEEÂ returns with a brand new single and music video entitledÂ Green HondaÂ viaÂ Republic Records.
Green Honda, which was featured onÂ New Music DailyÂ onÂ Apple Music, is the first new song fromÂ BENEEÂ leading up to a larger body of work due out later this year.
Heading to Los Angeles to work withÂ MXM Musicâ€™s Elvira AnderfjardÂ (Tove Lo, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift) andÂ Luka KloserÂ (Jojo Siwa, Dylan Conrique), the New Zealand alt-pop queen tapped into the crazy new energy she found with these new collaborators.
BENEE spoke on creating Green HondaÂ and the real-life Green Honda that she still owns: â€œIt was such a refreshing experience to be in the studio writing with two other young women. There is so much that you just donâ€™t need to explain when youâ€™re working with your true peers. Itâ€™s intuitive. They just get it, and thatâ€™s amazing. Green Honda was quite a light-hearted song at first and some parts just flowed immediately.Â I headed straight to Europe on tour after the writing session so I had to go back and forth with Elvira and Luka to get the production just right. I wanted the energy of the song to capture the idea I had of writing a song about knowing where youâ€™re at and what you need to say and not being afraid. There is a personal history to the Green Honda storyâ€¦ my green Honda was my first car, passed on to me by my grandmother when she gave up driving. I call him â€˜Steveâ€™, and heâ€™s on the cover of my â€˜STELLA & STEVEâ€™ EP. Weâ€™ve had lots of adventures together.â€ The song is theÂ â€œIâ€™m f***ing over youâ€Â song you didnâ€™t know you needed and says everything you wish you had said to your ex. From the top, she declares,Â â€œYou were a waste of f***ing time,â€Â before doubling down with,Â â€œI pull up in my green Honda to tell ya that I donâ€™t want ya!â€
The accompanying video shot in Lancaster, CA and directed by Eliot Charof & AA, seesÂ BENEEÂ and her pals cavorting through a bubblegum electro junkyard world with cars, dogs, wild fashion and full-on attitude.
Next up,Â BENEEÂ graces the stage of Coachella for the very first time this spring, appearing at the festival on 14th-16th April and 23rd-25th April.
Since her acclaimed 2022Â ‘Lychee’Â EP,Â BENEEÂ has gathered tens of millions of streams across a series of fan favorite collaborations includingÂ Uh Oh withÂ Sub Urban,Â OTTÂ withÂ easy life,Â Iâ€™m So HappyÂ withÂ Jeremy Zucker,Â fun out of itÂ withÂ Johnny Orlando, and, most recently,Â Lots of NothingÂ withÂ Spacey Jane.
‘GREEN HONDA’Â IS OUT NOW – BUY/STREAM HERE
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