French electronic duo Her find immortality in their music

“We choose the way we’ll be remembered.” The first song Simon Carpentier and Victor Solf wrote as French electronic duo Her opens their self-titled debut album with those words. Both of them were afraid of the future at the time and needed to make a song about how they should be the ones to decide how they are remembered. No one else could decide.

“We Choose” was released after Carpentier’s death from cancer, aged 27, in August 2017. He and Solf had met over a decade ago at their school in the medieval town of Rennes, north France, forming Her in 2015 after their first band, electro-pop band The Popopopops, split two years earlier.

Knowing their time was limited, they mapped out how they wanted their debut album to sound, and how the entire project would be presented to the world. You’d be hard-pushed to find a record or another band to compare it to, and it’s not what you might expect from a French electronic act.

“Making this album was a very intense part of our life,” Solf says. He’s sat, in an orange roll-neck sweater and black trousers – handsome in a particularly French way, with a strong jaw and dark, close-cropped hair – at a venue in Paris where the first part of a documentary about Her will be shown, along with a live performance by him and his band members.

 

“It was really important for us to be able to produce our songs, to be really focused on the whole project,” he continues. “But it was also important to trust people and bring them in; we’d been working with our sound engineer for five years, even before Her, and he really helped us a lot on the production and the mixing.

“Sometimes you can’t see anymore what’s wrong with a song, so someone a little bit outside can help. It was the same with the musicians, Simon could play the guitar and the bass and I could play the keyboard and some drums, so we could have recorded it ourselves if we’d really wanted, but it’s not how we think about music. We started to work with three other musicians – without computers – in the studio, and it was really nice to have different opinions.” Continue reading “French electronic duo Her find immortality in their music”

Her Announces US Tour

Critically buzzing French alternative pop duo HER will embark on a North American headline tour this fall. The jaunt begins on November 5 in Brooklyn, NY at Baby’s All Right, hits major markets across the country, and comes to a close in Seattle, WA at The Crocodile on November 14.

The group just debuted the lyric video for their single “Her.”

Continuing a tradition of striking and sensual visuals, it’s an immediately engaging and entrancing clip reflective of the track’s delicate swing and undeniable soul.

“Her” has also re-released their debut EP’s Her Tape #1 & Her Live Tape #1 withRepublic Records. The six-track collection arrives soon and includes the previous international hit single “Five Minutes,” which has already amassed 1.8 million Spotify streams and nearly 800K YouTube/VEVO views.

Since emerging in 2015, HER has drawn unanimous praise from tastemakers including Complex, Noisey, The Line of Best Fit, Pigeons and Planes, Gigwise, and more. They performed this summer at the first annual France Rocks Summerfest.

Source: Her Announces US Tour, Baby’s All Right Show | French Culture