Stromae goes on the news and sings about depression and suicide. The Belgian singer-songwriter is back (VIDEO)

I’m not alone in being alone“. These are the first bars of the song “Hell“, Second excerpt from the album”Multitude“, that Stromae will publish on March 4th. We are on Tg of 20 on tF1. We know the ‘homegrown’ promotions of the outgoing albums made during the television broadcast: usual closing service, skilful editing between live scenes and some declarations. Et voilà: the new ‘discographic project’ of ‘dude’ launched by Tg1-2-3-4-5-7. All good, all in the order of things. Stromae instead turned the tg francesce into a scene of Don’t look Up, in a moment of sublime realism, in a promotion that becomes such by talking about topics such as loneliness, depression, suicide. In a scene that the viewer (everyone) must have thought ‘what the fuck is he doing?’. You say, the message must be disruptive. Already. “You have struggled for seven years with some discomfort, you talk about it in no uncertain terms. In your songs you also deal with the theme of loneliness a lot: has music helped you to get rid of it? “, Asks the journalist Anne-Claire Coudray. He, half-length, framed like an anchorman, begins to sing: “I’m not alone in being alone“. His life, his sudden absence from the scene while the spotlights were still on, the Depression. “Sometimes I’ve thought about suicide and I’m not proud of it. Sometimes it is believed that this is the only way to silence them, these thoughts that make me live in hell “.

It seems the time of ‘So we dance‘. As if to say, ‘despite everything, we dance’. Then it came Square root, 2013, an album that remains splendidly current, multi-ethnic, with ‘world’ ambition. Paul Van Haver, born in 1985, could say it loud and clear at that historic moment, ‘world is mine‘. But the Belgian guy who influenced scores of singers (and producers) left the stage while the audience was still cheering. “Too much work has led to burnout, exhaustion. I had reached the limit. It’s really bad, destabilizing, no longer being able to rely on one’s psyche“, His words after several months of silence. “There is no health without mental health”: how many times have we heard it repeated, even more in recent months, with the need to take care of people’s psyche? The blow to the imagination that Stromae gave was promotion, of course, but also a decent jolt to the way of communicating. Welcome back, Paul.

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