Legendary French electronics engineers Daft Punk have announced their retirement. Pitchfork writes about this concerning the representative of the group Catherine Fraser. Fraser did not name why duo members Tom Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo decided to close the project.
The musicians themselves did not directly announce Daft Punk’s demise, but an eight-minute clip called “Epilogue” appeared on the group’s official YouTube channel. The video is an excerpt from a 2006 film by Electroma.
Bangalter and de Homem-Christo founded Daft Punk in Paris in 1993. In almost 30 years, the duo has released just four albums but has become one of the most influential electronic and pop music bands. The band’s last album, Random Access Memory, was released in 2013.
During their careers, the musicians received several Grammys, wrote several soundtracks, and the hipster icon of the first decade of the 2000s, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, dedicated the song Daft Punk is Playing at My House to the duo.
Kanye West’s hit Stronger is almost entirely built on a Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger duo sample. Daft Punk also produced one of The Weeknd’s most famous songs, Starboy.
In 2009, Pitchfork ranked Discovery the third best album of the 2000s.
Besides their music, the musicians have become famous for their costumes. Since the album Discovery release in 2001, the band members have appeared in public only in futuristic helmets, which eventually became their trademark.