Daft Punk has announced the end of their collaboration via a video entitled “Epilouge” which was posted Monday morning, much to the shock of the music community.
The eight-minute clip begins with a scene from the duo’s 2006 film “Electroma” that features the pair, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (who for many years concealed their features behind a robot concept) walking around the desert, wearing in their familiar space helmets and leather jackets. After a few moments, one of the members looks at the other, removes his jacket and reveals an energy pack on the back. The other touches a button on the pack. The first member walks away quickly, and then explodes.
The scene cuts to a sunset, or possibly a sunrise, as a choral version of the group’s song “Touch” plays.
The song is from the duo’s 2013 “Random Access Memories” album, which in many ways was a culmination of their career. The album, which included the global hit single “Get Lucky” won the Grammy Award for Best Album the following year. The duo has largely kept a low profile since then, with their most prominent work being a collaboration with The Weeknd on two songs from his 2016 album “Starboy”… the title track and “I Feel It Coming” which were both smash hits.