Following the release of his critically acclaimed studio album, ‘Multitude’ (Mosaert/Darkroom/Interscope Records), internationally acclaimed Belgian-born artist, writer, performer, producer, designer and director Stromae has shared the official music video for his latest single, ‘Fils De Joie.’
The video is a national tribute from a fictional country to a missing sex worker,”raised to the rank of heroine.”Stromae elaborates. “The idea for “Fils de Joie” came from watching Faustine Bollaert’s (French) talk show “Ca Commence Aujourd’hui”. One of her shows was dedicated to the children of sex workers. I was struck because I discovered a world that I did not know at all. A child testified by explaining that a client of his mother had come to tell him “Ah well, yesterday I banged your mother.” He continues, “I found the phrase and the attitude most out of place. How can you afford to say such things to a child? I wanted to take everyone’s point of view since everyone has an opinion on her, but unfortunately we don’t often ask her for hers. I therefore speak in place of the son, the client, the pimp and the policeman. “Fils De Joie” is in a way, a tribute to these women who do this very difficult work, very little recognized, but which exists and which will exist, whether we like it or not.”
Watch the official video for ‘Fils De Joie’ HERE
‘Multitude’ was composed by Stromaeproduced by his creative label Mosaert and came after a period of forced hiatus from the stage. With it came enforced furlough and its silver linings: settling down, leading a more relaxed, structured life, closer to family, making work exciting again, expanding his sources of inspiration and, most of all, making what he went through worth it by reinvesting the dividends of this challenging phase into the core of new songs.
Far from any self-centered self-pity, Stromae took advantage of this time to identify more closely with others, putting himself in the shoes of the characters of others. The unstable men in La Solassitude and Mon Amour, the prostitute’s son in Fils de Joiethe depressed and suicidal protagonists of Mauvaise Journée and L’Enfer, the mismatched couple in Pas Vraimentthe invisible people in Sante, the suffering women in Declaration; he embraces them all with kindness and altruism, providing each with a touching portrait. By doing so, he gives the title ‘Multitude‘ a deep resonance, the same one that Walt Whitman conveys in his poem, of which Stromae could take up the opening: “I am large, I contain multitudeI am of every hue and caste, of every rank and religion.”
“Multitude’ is a window on the world, on people, and a rare moment of communion and pleasure to be shared. An alchemy of opposites, shaped by the will to testify without judgment or contempt to the human condition in all its diversity, and to the urge to explore the lives of others, sometimes your own (Que du bonheur on fatherhood, Invaincu on healing). ‘Multitude‘ Stromae’s other way of exploring the world, while staying firmly attached to his roots.
last month, Stromae also announced his North American arena tour, set to commence this fall on October 21in Vancouver, making stops on the east and west coast including the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City, where Stromae made music history as the first ever exclusively French-singing artist to sell out the venue in 2015.
Tickets are on-sale now at https://www.stromae.com/en/
Following a sold-out arena tour across all continents, also becoming the undoubtable breakaway highlight act from 2015’s Coachella Festivalcritically acclaimed Stromae went on an 8-year hiatus to focus on other creative endeavors via his creative label Mosaert (est. 2009) with co-founders Coralie Barbier and Luc Van Haverincluding 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 Sante (listen HERE), which has since accumulated more than 100 million audio streams and 23 million views on YouTube (watch HERE). In December, the song debuted on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch HERE.
In January, Stromae released his second single, “L’enfer” (translation: “Hell”); a talisman to fight the darkest of thoughts, where Stromae skillfully juggles a spectrum of emotions, exploring the most intimate of themes of suicide and depression (listen HERE). The song debuted live on the French news channel TF1 on Sunday night, where Stromae created a true performance-art moment on live TV and surprised viewers by answering the last question from the news-anchor with the first few lines of ‘L’enfer.’ He then continued to perform the entire song while sitting at the news desk.
Watch the captivating performance HERE.
The music video — co-directed by Julien Soulier, Luc Van Haver, Coralie Barbier and Stromae himself — 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.
Watch the official music video for ‘L’enfer’ HERE.
Ahead of his North American tour, Stromae , who remains undoubtedly, one of the greatest live performers of our time, will be returning to Coachella on April 16 and 23 for what is certain to be a truly unforgettable live experience.
‘Multitude’ is out everywhere now
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
04/16 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
04/23 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
10/21 – Pacific Coliseum – Vancouver, BC
10/25 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
11/21 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
11/25 – Bell Center – Montreal, QUE
11/26 – Bell Center – Montreal, QUE – SOLD OUT
11/27 – Bell Center – Montreal, QUE
11/29 – Coca-Cola Coliseum – Toronto, ON
12/03 – The Anthem – Washington, DC
06/12 – Agganis Arena – Boston, MA
12/11 – Center Videotron – Quebec City, QUE