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For as much as the story of HER is about tragedy and triumph, it’s really about two friends — Victor Solf and Simon Carpentier.
Victor and the French Simon met in 2007, bonded like long lost brothers, started making music together equally informed by old school soul a la Otis Redding and post-Yeezus hip-hop, and formed HER in 2015. Success followed as the breakout “Five Minutes” soundtracked Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” campaign and eventually generated over 6.7 million Spotify streams. The duo released a pair of EPs Her Tape #1 and Her Tape #2, spawning fan favorites such as “Quite Like,” “Union,” and “Her” and amassing over 20 million cumulative Spotify streams. Merging artfully seductive and provocative visuals and dreamy newer wave pop with a jazz undercurrent, the boys crisscrossed the globe in support of the EPs, including making waves stateside.
In the middle of it all, unbeknownst to anyone but those closest to him, Simon lost a long, quiet, and arduous battle with cancer in August 2017
With his friend’s spirit always close by, Victor worked on what would become the duo’s 2018 major label full-length debut, HER, which remains forever a testament to the bond between its two architects.
“It’s vital to have this album out,” Victor leaves off. “I’m getting through grief because of it. This is music for life.”