Shock wave in the world of music: it is through an enigmatic video posted on social networks, soberly entitled “Epilogue”, that the French Daft Punk, the most famous electro duo in the world, announced their separation on Monday.
The video of just over 8 minutes shows the two members, under their traditional robot masks, advancing in a desert.
But they no longer walk at the same pace and after a few evocative nods of the head, those of a renunciation, one ends up triggering the system of self-destruction of the other, which pulverizes.
A historical press officer of the duo confirmed to AFP the end of the tandem formed in 1993 by Thomas Bangalter, 46, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, 47.
The announcement of the separation of the electro duo has put Twitter into turmoil, generating an average of 32 tweets per second, according to the firm Visibrain. Yuksek, one of the French heirs in the electro of the Dafts, as they were simply nicknamed, wrote on this social network: “Weird and a little sad”.
They who were famous for their hit “One more time” will never make music together again. After all, the end of a story is human, it’s also the name of one of their album (“Human After All”).
To think that the rumors of a new album swarmed cyclically … Until recently, the twitterosphere was igniting to say that they could make an appearance at the halftime of the Superbowl. But no one saw the end coming.
The duo was, since the thunderous and abrasive “Homework” (1997), the greatest ambassador of French electro. An indestructible status solidified with three other opus to success each time planetary, “Discovery” (2001), “Human After All” (2005), “Random Access Memories” (2013) with the planetary hit “Get Lucky”, as well as outstanding stage performances.
It had been fourteen years since Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, friends since high school, had not performed in concerts, except for very rare appearances during televised ceremonies.
An absence, coupled with a strategy of media silence adopted from their beginnings – we do not know their faces, hidden under a robot mask – which inevitably arouses expectations, fantasies and desires.
Their anonymity was also a running-gag from the film “Eden” by Mia-Hansen Love. While their records are broadcast everywhere, the two young men can not enter the Parisian evenings where they are invited, because the physiognomists at the entrance do not know their features.
In recent years, the Parisian duo with six Grammys gleaned in the United States had contented to collaborate with the Canadian The Weeknd for two tracks, “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming”, before producing the track “Overnight” of the Australian group Parcels.
At the beginning of the year, a nugget had resurfaced. A new “set” had just been found 25 years later, recorded on two banal audio cassettes forgotten at the bottom of a shoebox. A little gem discovered by chance, near Avignon.
At the origin of this discovery, Benoît Chow, 25, was barely born when the pioneers of the French Touch performed this Saturday, November 18, 1995, on the stage of the Privé, the discotheque that his father then ran, in Les Angles ( Gard), in the suburb of the city of the Popes.
But he had heard about this time: “I knew that these K7s existed, because everything was recorded, but we have very few of these archives left”, the young man explained to AFP.
“I found a box of cassettes that I knew and I started looking at what was really in it, and I saw these K7s!”
A treasure that is even more valuable today.
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