Beloved French EDM duo Daft Punk have called it a day after an accolade-packed career spanning 28 years.
The pair announced their retirement via the medium of an eight-minute clip titled Epilogue. In the clip, the duo of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are walking across a deserted landscape in their iconic robot helmets and racing suits. In the video, the pair bid farewell to each other in a manner that could only have come from the electronic band.
With the wind swirling around them, de Homen-Christo walks ahead of Bangalter, whose pace slows down with each step they take. Noticing his absence, de Homen-Christo returns to Bangalter who reveals a self-destruct control panel on his back. De Homen-Christo accepts and bids him farewell before Bangalter silently walks back in the opposite direction before he explodes.
Daft Punk’s Epilogue ends with the image of one silver and one gold hand making the shape of a triangle over the years 1993-2021 as a setting sun blazes to the strains of their song “Touch” from their final album, 2013’s Random Access Memories.
Asked if Daft Punk were no more, their longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the news, but gave no reason for the breakup.
Needless to say this will set off a storm in the dance music community, as Daft Punk inspired the whole range of DJs we know and love today.