Daft Punk, the flagship group of French electro, announces its separation with “Épilogue”

Published on : 22/02/2021 – 18:46

Shock wave in the world of music: it is through an enigmatic video posted on social networks, soberly titled “Epilogue”, that the French Daft Punk, the most famous electro duo in the world, announced this Monday February 22 their separation.

The video of just over 8 minutes shows the two members of the group, in their traditional robot helmets, advancing in a desert. But they no longer walk at the same pace and after a few nods suggestive 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 so famous for their hit One more time (“Once again”) will therefore 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 had been thunderous and abrasive ever since Homework (1997), the greatest ambassador of French electro. An indestructible status solidified with three other successes each time worldwide, Discovery (2001), Human After All (2005), Random Access Memories (2013) with the planetary tube 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. 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 of 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.

(With AFP)

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