Daft Punk Announces Retirement

By Scott Bernstein Feb 22, 2021 7:01 am PST

Legendary French electronic music act Daft Punk have called it a career. The duo consisting of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter released a video dubbed “Epilogue” that includes text stating, “1993 – 2021.” Daft Punk publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the band’s breakup to Pitchfork without sharing any further details.

Daft Punk released four studio albums between 1997 and 2013, including the massively successful Random Access Memories in 2013. The pair, who famously dressed as robots, rarely toured but made it count when they did. Daft Punk’s 58-show Alive 2006/2007 tour employed cutting-edge production to create a visual spectacle. The duo haven’t played a full concert since the end of the run.

The “Epilogue” video was shared on YouTube without any comment. Both members of Daft Punk silently walk through a desert-like setting to start the clip and look at each other. Then, one member presses a button that activates a destruction sequence. Viewers see one of members blow up before “1993 – 2021” is displayed below a Daft Punk logo. Finally, a choral version of “Touch” comes in as the remaining Daft Punk member walks off into the sunset.

Watch Daft Punk’s “Epilogue” video below:

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