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Shalom is an indie-dance pop artist raised in South Africa and based in Brooklyn who signed with Saddle Creek last summer soon after featuring on Quarter-Life Crisis, the project of producer Ryan Hemsworth. Since then she’s had an impressive run of singles: “Agnes,” a thumping track driven by plodding bass guitar and despondency over a friend’s drug abuse, the techno-tinged pop-punk of “DTAP,” and “Bad To The Bone,” a mercury-colored celebration of toxicity. Today, she continues her string of forthright and danceable tunes with “Happenstance,” the lead single from her forthcoming album Sublimation, due out March 10.


An ode to the contradictions and anxieties of being a misfit, “Happenstance” is a jaunty and keenly composed tune bubbling with the passions and perils of doing your own thing. Hear it in the music video streaming below.