Last Friday, Belgian electronic-pop artist Stromae released a music video for his new song “Défiler”, after a 5 year unofficial hiatus. A few days before the release, he posted a teaser to his Instagram, prepping his fans for his return. Stromae’s last album Racine Carrée (Square Root) came out in 2013 and, after touring in 2015, he’s kept a very low profile — that is until now.
“Défiler,” roughly translates to “marching” in French. “The song is about walking in the original sense and figuratively,” Stromae says. “It’s also about beauty and our modern conception of it. Actually, I’m speaking about life in general.”
The song has a four-part structure and clocks in at nearly nine minutes long.
The song doubles as the soundtrack to the latest clothing collection for Mosaert (the creative studio he runs with his wife, Coralie Barbier). Stromae wrote the song specifically for the occasion and co-composed it with his brother, Luc Junior Tam, who is also Mosaert’s artistic director.
Stromae’s creative label Mosaert debuted the song during their “Capsule No. 5” fashion show at Parisian department store, Le Bon Marche. The singer documented that event in the “Défiler” video, which features models strutting and performing precise choreography on the runway.
Stromae’s music has been known to push the boundaries of electronic, pop, and hip hop, paired with lyrics laced with double entendres and wordplay.
He was tapped by Lorde to contribute to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I soundtrack and has performed at Coachella with Kanye West. Most recently, he produced Dua Lipa’s IDGAF music video.
We don’t know if this new music will be included on his next album, or if there even is an album coming out anytime soon, but, in the meantime, his fans are glad he’s back and now have a glimpse of what he’s been up to.
Featured Image: Facebook (@Stromae) photo by Stephan Vanfleteren