Earworms: Stromae, “Papoutai”
Ah French, the language of love. I learned French in school, starting in primary school all the way up to year 10, when I realised that I had stopped caring about it for at least half of that year and dropped it. I have forgotten a lot of what I was taught, because that is what happens, but I still like to listen to it. Luckily for me there are a bunch of awesome musicians who sing (or rap) in French.
Stromae isn’t French – he’s Belgian, but I’m not going to hold that against him.
I heard Papaoutai when it was on a spotify playlist done by Superfruit (2/5 of Pentatonix) where they put up songs they are loving lately. There are a few Stromae songs on there, but I really like this one. I think I had it on repeat for a day and didn’t get bored. It’s been stuck in my head for days, and I end up humming it at odd times like when trying to sleep.
The video is a bit weird, but I do like some of the little details in it, like the son who isn’t as good at dancing, and his father gets mad. It’s showing that not everything is perfect apart from the main father/son situation.
Here is a video of Pentatonix convering Papaoutai, which I also really like, but the video is kinda creepy in that they are all done up like dolls. It is a bit smoother, vocally, than Stromae’s version, which probably makes it a bit more accessible but I think the song needs a little roughness to it.