While their new album was long overdue, Daft Punk, the most famous electro duo in the world, formed by the French Thomas Bangalter, 46, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, 47, took everyone by surprise. , Monday February 22, by announcing his separation.

A final clap – after twenty-eight years of collaboration – presented in a video of just over eight minutes posted on their YouTube account and soberly titled Epilogue. The new, confirmed by their collaborator Kathryn Frazier, has had the effect of a bomb in the international press as this iconic tandem of the French touch has gained global status.

Faithful to their habit, judge the Madrid daily ABC, the Daft Punk announced their separation “With grandeur and originality” through this video which includes scenes from their film Electrorama, released in 2006 and which featured the duo, under the guise of two robots, in the desert. The tension peaks until the explosion of one of the androids, before that appears on the screen “1993-2021”. Thus, we do not know if “It means that his partner will continue to do solo music”, according to ABC. For the Colombian daily life El Espectador, which devotes to the new an article in the form of an obituary, with the announcement of this separation, it is in any case “A brilliant period [qui] ends “.

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The site of Variety, an American magazine on the entertainment industry, so greet “One of the most influential and popular groups to have emerged in the last thirty years”. Journalist Jem Aswad even adds that their debut album, Homework (1997), is ” one of the best “ of those released in the mid-1990s, a prosperous period of French electro music (Air, Dimitri from Paris, Etienne de Crécy…).

But is this really the end of Daft Punk? Nothing is less sure. For Variety, “It’s likely, given the history of the band, known for its nonconformism, that they’ll continue to release music, videos and any other project they like. It is even possible that this announcement is the start of a new project ”.

“An indelible mark in the pop landscape”

Interviewed by American public radio NPR (National Public Radio), critic Simon Reynolds doesn’t really agree, because, according to him, the group does not seem to have any more new musical tracks to explore. Their latest album, Random Access Memories, marks the end of an artistic journey: they began by reusing samples taken from disco music from the 1970s and 1980s, to then create their own music, explains Simon Reynolds in substance. “What could they do next? “, he asks.

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The Huffpost, reminding that the android duo won multiple Grammy Awards – including five for the album Random Access Memories (2013) – posts a selection of messages from grieving fans who regret not being able to enjoy the group “One more time” (“Again”), with reference to theone of their key pieces. A wink also echoed by Vulture, who title : “Daft Punk is parting ways, and we are begging ‘one more time’.

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British public radio BBC lingered more on the artistic paw of the two Frenchies: their second opus, Discovery (2001), “Was almost deliberately anti-cool, steeped in references to 1970s disco and 1980s crooners. At one point, he even sampled Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed, by Barry Manilow. But the band cut, pasted, filtered and reassembled these sounds to create new, bold songs, with a sense of fun and staging that dance mucic often lacks.

According to Rolling Stone, Daft Punk “Left an indelible mark on the world pop landscape, but especially in America”. In the 2000s, their songs, in particular Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (2007), “Helped lay the foundations for the EDM boom [electronic dance music, la branche la plus populaire de la musique électro] which would shake up pop in the United States in the early 2010s ”.

The American Music Critic Site Pitchfork pays homage to a group “Legendary”, which leaves behind “Some of the most popular dance and pop songs ever made”. For the specialist journalist Jazz Monroe, Bangalter and Homem-Christo quite simply “Helped define the French touch of house music”. He adds that“Beyond the songs, their visual identity, their interstellar mystique and their festive spirit have inspired generations of artists of all kinds”.

British magazine NME (New Musical Express) also highlights the “Extremely influential career” both “Parisian icons”.

“The French do better than us”

“The end of Daft Punk concerns us all”, title the italian version of Rolling Stone. “Their separation is a collective mourning which transcends tastes, tribes, factions”, continues the transalpine site, which considers that the group “Has never been futuristic” : “He built a lasting present”. For his part, the daily Il Fate Quotidiano even goes back until the Hundred Years War to put into perspective the Anglo-Saxon conquest of the French duo… As for Il Sole 24 Ore, he bowed to the hexagonal superiority: “The French are doing better than us. (…) We are talking about the mash-up between rock and electronics, a genre in which, since Mr. Jean-Michel Jarre, they have a few steps ahead… ”, affirms the daily Milanese, who greets him “The most important electronic music duo for thirty years”.

The German press also mourns their separation. ” It’s the end of an era, deplores the daily Die zeit. And all those who still felt young today thanks to Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are now old. “ After having first titled his article “Our favorite robots” (“Die Lieblingsroboter”), the daily site Süddeutsche Zeitung is moved by a “Goodbye both” in French. “The Daft Punk broke up, they left. After almost thirty years. Every dance floor between Sao Paulo and Tübingen [dans le Land du Bade-Wurtemberg] is now in mourning. Who fills the void? “

In Finland, in a column published on the website of Helsingin Sanomat, the country’s largest daily, journalist Aleksi Kinnunen recalls Daft Punk’s 2006 performance at the Coachella Festival in California. The group had “Presented its famous light pyramid scene inspired by spaceships”. The moment is considered the starting point of the electronic dance music boom of the 2010s (…). It’s funny because I left in the middle of what was to become the most famous concert of the millennium: I was more drawn to the idea of ​​sleeping in a tent under the starry sky. (…). After all, I was just a human being, not a party robot ”.

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