The most famous French electro group Daft Punk, created in 1993, announced its disbandment on Monday in a video posted on YouTube. The duo hadn’t released a studio album since Random Access Memories in 2013.
Entitled “Epilogue”, the eight-minute video takes up scenes from their film Electrorama released in 2006 and features a face to face hovering between the two members of the duo, in the desert, under their traditional robot helmets.
The tension peaks until the explosion of one of the two robots, before a “1993-2021” appears on the screen.
>> The video posted on YouTube:
True standard-bearer of the French Touch in the world for 28 years, the duo composed of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo has therefore indeed put an end to their collaboration, confirmed their press officer Kathryn Frazier.
Neither the group nor its press secretary have given any reason for this separation.
Formed in Paris in 1993, the Daft Punk quickly established themselves as the pioneers of the French Touch with the release of their first album Homework in 1997. Present on this album, the hit “Around the world” allows them to acquire a international notoriety. Often imitated, Daft Punk strongly influenced the music of the early 2000s.
Four years later, their second album “Discovery” recycles the 80s, pop and disco. Carried by the inexhaustible “One More Time” or “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”, the album is a success. Darker, their third opus “Human after all” (2005) is however a critical and commercial failure.
But the group then made a comeback with their latest album, “Random Access Memories”, released in 2013 and whose single “Get Lucky”, a duet with Pharrell Williams, will become a global phenomenon. The album won five Grammy Awards including that of the best album of the year.
Since then, the group has not released anything in its name. He had only appeared in 2016 alongside singer The Weeknd, for two singles, I feel it coming and Starboy.
Rarity and discretion
From their beginnings, the two French people have made marketing an integrated component of their creative process, with a simple idea: to cultivate rarity and mystery. Daft Punk never show their faces, don’t go on television and release few records. Each of their appearance was thus an event, and their robot helmets became an immediately identifiable trademark.
For their name, they simply grabbed a qualifier used by a well-respected British magazine, which called “silly punk” the first single from their previous band, Darlin ‘.
>> Sign of the popularity of the group, Twitter has been in turmoil since the announcement of its end:
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