Daft Punk, a French electronic music duo and one of the most influential and popular groups to emerge in the past 30 years, announced their retirement via a video titled “Epilogue” posted Monday morning.
The duo’s longtime publicist, Kathryn Frazier, officially confirmed in a press statement the split and declined to provide further details.
The eight-minute clip features the duo, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, who for many years have concealed their features behind a robot concept, walking around the desert, alongside the dates ‘1993-2021’.
The footage also featured a choral version of the duo’s song “Touch”. The song is from the duo’s 2013 “Random Access Memories” album, which in many ways was a culmination of their career. The album, which included the global hit single “Get Lucky,” won the Grammy Award for Best Album the following year.
Daft Punk, formed in 1993, collaborated with dozens of musicians such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Giorgio Moroder as well as composed the musical score for Disney’s “Tron: Legacy”.
Since then, the pair has mostly kept a low profile, 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”.
While Frazier declined to say whether the duo will continue working together under different names or whether other new projects are in the works, it seems likely, considering the group’s famously contrarian and convention-mocking history, that they will continue to release music, videos and whatever other projects strike their fancy. It is even possible that this announcement could be the beginning of a new project.