Today we woke up to very sad news, the Electronical French Duo Daft Punk has announced their separation. After 28 years of their creation, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have decided to go separate ways. The band shared a video eight minutes long on their Youtube Channel, the video is a fragment of their 2006 film Electroma. Their publicist, Kathryn Frazier confirmed this.
The band formed back in 1993 became really popular around the world with their debut album “Homework”, which included the single “Around the World.” Followed by “Discovery” in 2001, “Human After all” in 2005, and “Random Access Memories” in 2013, this last album reached #1 release in the U.S. Throughout the years the band music can be described as a mix of house music, electronic, and funk creating something really unique.
We can name several famous singles from the band, for example, “Da Funk” which became their first hit and now considered a classic in their genre. And how can we forget about “Get Lucky”? Featuring Pharrell Williams became almost a hymn of the 2010s. The band had collaborations with other artists, they featured with The Weeknd in “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming”, both singles reaching the top 3 in the charts. In 2013 they collaborated with Kanye West too, in his 2013 album “Yeezus”.
Rumors said that they will be creating the music for a horror film from director Dario Argento but no news or details about these have been released.
The band shared the news with an 8-minute video titled “Epilogue.” In the video, an excerpt from their 2006 film Electroma and without any comments about it or as a description, the duo walks in an open field desert-like. One of them stops and the other one keeps walking. At one point he realizes he has left behind his partner and comes back. The one left behind starts undressing their recognizable gear, leather jacket, and helmet, and turns around to show an explosive device on his back He prepares it and when ready the one with the explosives walks away, when the count down comes to zero he is blown up. A message on the screen then reads, “1993-2021.” The remaining member starts walking again to the sunset. Quite a dramatic conclusion isn't it? A choral version of the group’s 2013 song ‘Touch’ is subsequently heard as a graphic shows the robot hands of de Homem-Christo and Bangalter in their respective outfits, alongside the dates ‘1993-2021’.
We surely are going to miss them and their extraordinary music.