Daft Punk, one of the most influential and popular groups to emerge in the past 30 years, have split up.
Confirming the news was the duo’s longtime publicist, Kathryn Frazier, who told news outlets that reports of the pair retiring were true but gave no reason for the split.
They broke the news on Monday with an 8-minute video titled “Epilogue,” excerpted from their 2006 film “Electroma”. The clip features the pair, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo — who for many years have 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.
Formed in Paris in 1993, Daft Punk are credited for bringing the French underground house scene to the charts. They are considered one of the most influential electronic acts of all time, with hits including “Da Funk,” “One More Time” and “Around the World.”
In 2010, they made their film score debut for the sci-fi movie “Tron: Legacy.”
At the 2013 Grammy Awards they won Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group performance with the retro-disco single “Get Lucky”, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
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.”
Watch their farewell video below: