French electronic duo Daft Punk have announced they are splitting up. Together no longer. Kaput. Or, as they say in France, se séparer.
The duo broke the news via an eight-minute video entitled Epilogue, rebooted from their 2006 film Electroma. Watch the clip below, probably during your lunch-break because, you know, it’s pretty long.
In the video, the pair bid one other goodbye in a desert before one of them walks away and self-destructs. A title card in the clip reads “1993–2021”, suggesting the official end to the band after 28 years.
Having formed in 1993, Daft Punk first came to prominence in 1995 when they released their debut single Da Funk, accompanied by a twisted clip featuring a freakish large half-dog-half-man roaming city streets in search of… well, we’re still not sure.
The pair pioneered a fresh wave of dance music in the late 1990s: daft, repetitive beats that would easily cross over into other music genres while the art of mashing became all the rage.
Daft Punk songs have been mashed with hits by Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears, heard in dance clubs throughout the Noughties, and they continued to produce and remix music for the likes of Pharrell Williams, Kanye West and, more recently, The Weeknd.
The pair also dabbled in film soundtracks, having produced the score for Tron: Legacy and their own productions Interstella 5555 and Electroma.
The duo’s press agent has given no official reason for their breakup, suffice to say it would have been nice if they waited two more years for a 30th anniversary.
Still, 2023 might see some very cool reboots and reissues released.