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, in their traditional robot helmets, 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 years old and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, 47 years old.
They who were famous for their hit ‘One more time’ (‘Again’) will never make music together again. After all, the end of a story is human, it’s the name of one of their album (‘Human After All’).
To think that the rumors of a new album swarmed cyclically. Until recently, Twitter was on fire to say they could make a Superbowl halftime appearance. But no one saw the end coming.
The duo were since the thunderous and abrasive ‘Homework’ (1997), the greatest ambassador of French electro. An indestructible status solidified with three other successes 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.
Strategy of silence
An absence, coupled with a strategy of media silence adopted from their beginnings – we do not know their faces, hidden under a robot helmet – 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.
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