It will undoubtedly be the most important musical news of this beginning of the year 2021: the famous electronic music group Daft Punk officially announced their separation on Monday February 22 through a short YouTube video - Kathryn Frazier, publicist for the duo, also confirmed the news for the site Pitchfork .
No reason was given for this sudden split, even though Disney had just republished in full version their soundtrack composed for the film Tron: Legacy - some saw it as the beginnings of a comeback, almost 8 years after the release of their last album Random Access Memories.
The duo's official YouTube channel has posted a very last video soberly titled “Epilogue”, featuring eight minutes of images taken from their long- Electroma film released in 2006. From the second half of the video, we see a short insert announcing the end of their artistic collaboration, marked by the dates 1993-2021.
It was in 1993 in Paris that the duo between Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter was born from the ashes of the rock group inde Darlin ', their previous artistic collaboration. Building on the success of their first single “Da Funk” and several concerts given around the world in the mid-90s, the duo set about producing a full album - the 1993 release of Homework brought back the French house music at the forefront of the international music scene, with essential titles like “Alive”, “Burnin '” or encore “Around the World”.
It was with their second album Discovery in 2001 that the duo's popularity put them at the heart of popular musical culture; culminating almost 10 years after his formation, Daft Punk drew on the pop and disco sounds of the 70s and 80s to create must-have hits like “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”, “One More Time” and more. Keen on japanimation and in particular on Albator, the duo even went so far as to sign a dream collaboration in 2003 with managaka Leiji Matsumoto for the animated film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, covering all the tracks from the album.
After signing the soundtrack of the film Tron: Legacy in 200, the sequel to the cult science fiction film Tron from 1982, we had to wait 2013 to discover their new - and therefore last - album Random Access Memories. Multi-award winning at the Grammy Awards, the album topped the music charts by manyx countries - including France, United Kingdom and United States - the week of its release.