Stromae unveils music video for his new single “L’enfer”

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“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”
Frank Zappa

Stromae has revealed the latest single ‘L’enfer’ and music video taken from his highly anticipated forthcoming studio album, ‘Multitude,’ out March 4 (pre-order/save/add HERE).

“L’enfer” (translation: “Hell”) is a talisman to fight the darkest of thoughts, where Stromae skillfully juggles a spectrum of emotions, exploring the most intimate of themes. A depressive spiral that the artist lays bare in a few bars, from everyday boredom to the darkest forms of escape. The song debuted live on the French news channel TF1 on Sunday night. Watch HERE.

The song acts as a further testament to Stromae’s ingenious and profound skills not just as a producer, musician but as a lyricist; his signature dark sense of humor help reinforce these very palpable emotions, each carried by strings and percussion set to punctuate the choruses. A deluge of reverb and haunting voices become elegiac, and when the vengeful synth enters the stage, the listener has no choice but to join the fight.

Is ‘L’enfer a complaint or a declaration of war? A stripped-down piano-vocal or a summoning hymn? A song to reflect upon, smile along to, clench your fist at, or sing from the top of your lungs? “L’enfer” is all of the above.

The music video — directed by Julien Soulier — is a sequence shot that starts on Stromae‘s eye. As the camera pulls back, we discover him alone in a setting that is both sober and disturbing in its immensity. This continuous zoom-out is punctuated by the singer’s dark thoughts that gradually take over. The clip ends with a return on the eye of the singer, like the endless loop that can sometimes represent suffering and depression.

Following a sold-out arena tour across all continents – including headlining the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York City, and becoming the undoubtable breakaway highlight act from 2015’s Coachella Festival, the critically acclaimed Belgian-born artist, writer, performer, producer, designer and director went on an 8 year hiatus to focus on other creative endeavors via his creative label Mosaert with co-founders Coralie Barbier and Luc Van Haver, including making award winning music videos for the likes of Dua Lipa (IDGAF) and Billie Eilish (Hostage), as well as continuing to release high-end fashion capsule collections.

Fast forward to October 2021, Stromae made a much welcomed and surprise return with Santé, which accumulated 3.5 million streams in the first week and quickly became the 5th most streamed track on Spotify upon release, with the music video amassing more than 18 million views on YouTube.  Last month, the song debuted on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch HERE.

Stromae has also previously shared a series of new shows in 2022. The 3 avant-premiere shows on February 22th (Brussels), February 24th (Paris) and February 27th (Amsterdam) sold out in no less than 15 minutes. Stromae will be on tour starting 2023 in France, Switzerland and Belgium.

22/02/2022 | Brussels, Belgium – Palais 12 (sold out)
24/02/2022 | Paris, France – Accor Arena (sold out)
27/02/2022 | Amsterdam, Netherlands – Afas Live (sold out)
16/06/2022 | Ruoms, France – Aluna Festival
17/06/2022 | Lyon, France – Inversion
19/06/2022 | Werchter, Belgium – Werchter Boutique
30/06/2022 | Belfort, France – Les Eurockéennes – Belfort
03/07/2022 | Marmande, France – Garorock – Marmande
06/07/2022 | Lisboa, Portugal – NOS Alive Festival
08/07/2022 | Bilboa, Spain – BKK Live Festival
10/07/2022 | Liège, Belgium – Les Ardentes
14/07/2022 | Carhaix, France – Les Vieilles Charreus
15/07/2022 | Saint-Malo-du-Bois, France – Festival de Poupet
20/07/2022 | Milano, Italy – Milano Summer Festival
24/07/2022 | Nyon, Switzerland – Paléo Festival
17/08/2022 | Charleville Mézières, France – Cabaret-Vert
28/08/2022 | Paris, France – Rock en Seine, Domaine de Saint Cloud
04/09/2022 | Munich, Germany – Superbloom Festival

04/03/2023 | Bordeaux, France – Arkéa Arena
05/03/2023 | Bordeaux, France – Arkéa Arena
09/03/2023 | Marseille, France – Le Dôme
10/03/2023 | Marseille, France – Le Dôme
15/03/2023 | Brussels, Belgium – Palais 12
16/03/2023 | Brussels, Belgium – Palais 12
17/03/2023 | Brussels, Belgium – Palais 12
22/03/2023 | Strasbourg, France – Zénith
23/03/2023 | Amneville, France – Galaxie
24/03/2023 | Amneville, France – Galaxie
29/03/2023 | Nantes, France – Zénith de Nantes
30/03/2023 | Nantes, France – Zénith de Nantes
20/04/2023 | Toulouse, France – Zénith de Toulouse
21/04/2023 | Toulouse, France – Zénith de Toulouse
26/04/2023 | Basel, Switzerland – St. Jakobshalle
27/04/2023 | Genève, Switzerland – Arena
28/04/2023 | Genève, Switzerland – Arena
24/05/2023 | Lyon, France – Halle Tony Garnier
25/05/2023 | Lyon, France – Halle Tony Garnier
10/06/2023 | Lille, France – Arena Stade Pierre Mauroy
11/06/2023 | Lille, France – Arena Stade Pierre Mauroy
16/06/2023 | Paris, France – Paris La Défense Arena
17/06/2023 | Paris, France – Paris La Défense Arena



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