For as much as the story of Her is about tragedy and triumph, it’s really about two friends—Victor Solf and Simon Carpentier. who formed in 2015. Success followed quickly with 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 wavepop with a jazz undercurrent, the boys crisscrossed the globe in support of the EPs. 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. Fittingly, HER introduce their forthcoming record with “We Choose.” in december. On the 2017 single, airy production gives way to a lithe and subtle groove before the smoky vocals take hold. Immediately, Simon’s presence becomes striking. As the band launches this next chapter , HER remains forever a testament to the bond between its two architects.