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Stromae est de retour Posted by on Jan 14, 2022 in Culture, Music

⚠ Warning: The song shared below talks about struggles with mental illness and suicide ideation and may be upsetting to some. 
Stromae vient de dévoiler son nouveau single “L’enfer” – Stromae has just unveiled his new single “Hell”. Il est de retour – he is back!
It’s a somber song, and perhaps a sentiment a lot of people can relate to especially after these devastating and isolating few years. The song opens up with the following lyrics:
J’suis pas tout seul à être tout seul
Ça fait d’jà ça d’moins dans la tête
Et si j’comptais, combien on est
I’m not alone in feeling all alone
That’s already one less thing in my head
And if I counted all of us
We’d be many
Ce nouveau titre évoque les pensées suicidaires et la dépression traversée par le chanteur. This new title evokes the suicidal thoughts and depression experienced by the singer. It’s been 9 years since his last album  Racine Carrée, and his new album Multitude will be released in March.
If you watch and listen, you may hear his strange way of accenting the word suicidaire – he says “sioucidaire”. I won’t pretend to know why – but I know it was on purpose for his art.

He actually was on live television being interviewed about his new album when he sang the song for the first time – and Twitter started  tintinnabuler (ringing, chiming) as you could imagine.


This is actually the second single he has released from his new album, in October he released “Santé” which means “Cheers!” and is all about celebrating and raising a glass to those who are not typically respected.


Oui, célébrons ceux qui ne célèbrent pas
Encore une fois, j’aimerais lever mon verre à ceux qui n’en ont pas
À ceux qui n’en ont pas

Yes, let’s celebrate those who don’t celebrate
Again, I’d like to raise my glass to those who don’t have one
To those who don’t have one


Here’s a video of him performing it live on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

If you’re excited about Stromae’s new album release in March, let me know below! Seeing as how I’m in France, I may be looking to go to a concert of his (if they aren’t cancelled.)

If you are just now hearing about Stromae, feel free to check out some of his other work on YouTube. Some of my favorites are “Quand c’est“, “Tous Les Mêmes” and “Papaoutai” and of course, his first tube (musical hit) “Alors on danse” which I fondly remember me dandiner (swaying) to when I was studying in France a decade ago. Share some of your your favorites below! ⬇

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