The music world was shaken today at the news that Daft Punk, one of the most influential and popular groups to emerge in the past 30 years, have announced their retirement via the Epilogue video.
In classic furtive Daft Punk fashion, the French electronic duo declared their retirement via cryptic visuals in an eight-minute clip that features members Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo walking through the desert in their signature helmeted gear. After several moments, one of them looks at the other, removes his jacket to reveal a switch on his back. As the other robot flips the :60 switch, the first member quickly walks away and then explodes as the scene cuts to a sunset shot supported by a choral version of the group’s “Hold On, If Love is The Answer”.
While it’s currently unknown whether or not the the duo will ever work together again, the group’s famously convention-mocking history has fans speculating that this announcement could simply be the beginning of a new project.
Over the last 25 years Daft Punk have amassed a significant catalog of music including several pop radio hits and specific live performances. Since their 2013 Grammy Award-winning project Random Access Memories the duo has largely kept a low profile notwithstanding their collaboration with The Weeknd on two songs from his 2016 album Starboy, the title track and “I Feel It Coming.”
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