The group has been in the music industry for the past 30 years
Daft Punk is undoubtedly one of the most influential and popular groups in the western music scene in the past 30 years, and now, the group has announced their retirement through a video titled “Epilogue.” The news was posted on Monday morning, and the duo’s longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier also confirmed the news to Variety, but refused to comment further.
A trip down memory lane
The eight-minute long clip starts with a scene from their 2006 film “Electrons” where the duo, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo walk through the desert, complete in their robot-looking costumes that hide their features. After a few seconds, one takes off his jacket and reveals an energy pack on the back. The other one touches a button on this pack, and afterwards, the first member walks away quickly before exploding.
It cuts to a sunset, or maybe a sunrise, with the choral version of their song “Touch” playing in the background.
“Touch” was a song from their 2013 album called “Random Access Memories,” and in a way was the culmination of their whole career. It included the global hit single “Get Lucky,” and had won the Grammy Award for Best Album in 2014. The duo had been laying low in the yeaars that followed, with their notable work being a collaboration with The Weeknd on his 2016 songs “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming.”
At this point, we have no idea on whether the pair will continue working under different names or if they have new projects underway. Daft Punk has been famous for its contrarian music that mocks conventional methods, so there could be a chance that they will move on to whatever gets their attention.
But a major belief is that the two retired at the heights of their career and simply didn’t want to overstay their welcome.
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