5 Songs to Hear This Week: Say She She, Benny Sings, Christine + The Queens

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Behold, the staggering beauty of Christine and the Queens, Say She She, and Benny Sings and Remi Wolf. Photos by Paolo Raversi, Heidi Hartwig, and Robb Klassen

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Say She She – “Reeling” 

Babes of harmony Say She She have released their latest modern disco track, accompanied by a stylishly off-kilter music video that’ll have you reeling in ecstasy. Click play to travel up and down synth scales, through imaginary worlds and sequined fantasies to layered vocal nirvana. Select KCRW insiders got early access to this track when Say She She visited us for an exclusive live session at Apogee studios last year. Join KCRW today to get on the list for exclusive invites coming up!

Benny Sings – “Pyjamas (Feat. Remi Wolf)”  

Shake off your rain boots: Benny Sings is back with a track that’s a ray of sunshine realized. Immensely singable, rich with a sense of play, and perfectly executed, this track invites Remi Wolf to join in a playful tableau that’ll have you boppin’ along. More bops to come: Benny Sings’ new album Young Hearts is out now. Snap it up for some undeniably sound life advice: When things get tough, just make a salmon sandwich with some pickles, don your pyjamas, and enjoy life. 

Christine & The Queens – “To be Honest”

Feeling a little lost? Looking for inspiration? Stretch your arms out wide and embrace the future with this understated builder from Christine & The Queens.  Featuring vulnerable lyrics soaked in echo and soaring guitar riffs tucked surreptitiously under a pendulous beat, this impressive track gets you almost all the way there … but you’ve gotta take yourself over the edge.

Nabihah Iqbal – “This World Couldn’t See Us”

Apply confident spoken word lyricism over gleaming guitar riffs, walls of synth, and a two-step dance beat and you get this gem from London artist Nabihah Iqbal. But the track is so much more than the sum of its parts. Since her studio was robbed in 2020, Iqbal has risen from a near total loss of her creative work with admirable aplomb. Whether you’re looking for the space to commune with yourself or with another, use this song as your energized, inspirational backtrack to make it so.

Beach Fossils – “Don’t Fade Away”

Awash in major news stories and big feels, it can be hard these days to identify… is this a meaningful moment? That’s one of the big questions couched in this surf rock track from Brooklyn bois Beach Fossils, a welcome return since the band’s last release as a complete four-piece in 2017. Rich with their signature reverb guitar style but topped off by tambourine and longing lyricism, this is one to help you reconnect this week.