Daft Punk, one of the influential and widespread teams to emerge prior to now 30 years, have introduced their retirement by way of a video titled “Epilogue” posted Monday morning. The duo’s longtime publicist formally confirmed the cut up to Selection and declined to supply additional particulars.
The eight-minute clip options the duo — Thomas Bangalter and Man-Manuel de Homem-Christo — who for a few years have hid their options behind a robotic idea, strolling across the desert, sporting of their acquainted house helmets and leather-based jackets. After a number of moments, one of many members appears to be like on the different, removes his jacket and divulges an vitality pack on the again. The opposite touches a button on the pack. The primary member walks away shortly, after which explodes.
The scene cuts to a dawn, or presumably a sundown, as a choral model of the group’s track “Contact” performs.
The track is from the duo’s 2013 “Random Entry Reminiscences” album, which in some ways was a end result of their profession. The album, which included the worldwide hit single “Get Fortunate,” received the Grammy Award for Finest Album the next 12 months. The duo has largely stored a low profile since then, with their most outstanding work being a collaboration with the Weeknd on two songs from his 2016 album “Starboy,” the title observe and “I Really feel It Coming.”
Whereas their rep declined to say whether or not the duo will proceed working collectively below completely different names or whether or not different new initiatives are within the works, it appears seemingly, contemplating the group’s famously contrarian and convention-mocking historical past, that they may proceed to launch music, movies and no matter different initiatives strike their fancy.
Bangalter and de Homem-Christo met within the mid-’80s at college in Paris as youngsters and shortly after started working collectively on music. They fashioned a rock band referred to as Darlin’, impressed by the Seashore Boys track of the identical identify, with their buddy Laurent Brancowitz in 1992 and launched a track on a compilation on Stereolab’s Duophonic label. The track acquired a unfavourable assessment within the Melody Maker — which referred to as described it as “a daft punky thrash” — and, in a transfer that may set the tone for the remainder of their profession, turned the unfavourable assessment into their new band identify. The 2 determined to give attention to digital music; Brancowitz left and finally fashioned Phoenix.
The duo set the sonic tone for the brand new group with their first single, “The New Wave,” launched in 1994. It was adopted the subsequent 12 months by “Da Funk,” which grew to become a European hit single and fashioned the template for his or her debut album, “Homework,” launched late in 1996. The pair, together with supervisor Pedro Winter, set a powerful self-determined course from the start, demanding inventive management and possession of their masters, which they’ve licensed to main document labels through the years.
The album was the most effective of the wave of mid-1990s digital dance albums and lofted the duo, who at this level have been nonetheless performing with out disguises, to worldwide stardom. They toured extensively and engaged in outdoors and solo initiatives and launched a sequence of revolutionary movies round “Homework.” Across the flip of the last decade, the duo concocted a comical story about being injured in an explosion and being compelled to cover behind robotic masks, and by no means appeared publicly with out them.
The duo launched their second album, “Discovery” in 2001, led by the one “One Extra Time” — the “disco-very” implicit within the title was no accident, because the album was extra pop in nature than the debut and set a development for upending expectations. Certainly, the duo’s following album, “Human After All,” was recorded shortly and arguably appeared like backing tracks — however these tracks grew to become the idea for the duo’s galvanizing reside dates in 2006 and 2007, which included a defining efficiency on the Coachella competition in April of 2006, a present that a couple of dance-music author has declared “the start of EDM.” Performing inside an elaborate illuminated pyramid, the group toured internationally behind the album, releasing an explosive reside album, “Alive 2007,” a number of years later. They re-emerged in 2010 with an orchestral soundtrack album for the Disney remake of “Tron.”
The pair spend the subsequent a number of years upending expectations once more: After defining themselves as the last word digital act, they recorded all of “Random Entry Reminiscences” with reside devices and used no digital tools by any means (aside from the album’s combine). The album featured an unlikely raft of visitor performers and singers, starting from Stylish guitarist Nile Rodgers and singer-rapper Pharrell Williams to 1970s singer-songwriter Paul Williams and musicians who had labored on Michael Jackson’s 1979 “Off the Wall” album. The top consequence was a wide-ranging mixture of futuristic and classic sounds that introduced the duo to new ranges of recognition, taking the Album of the Yr Grammy in 2014.
Aside from the 2 songs with the Weeknd, the duo’s musical efforts within the years since have been low-profile. However given their previous historical past, it’s extraordinarily unlikely that we’ve heard the final from Bangalter and de Homem-Christo, whether or not or not they’re working collectively, or as Daft Punk.