Daft Punk have confirmed their break-up, after a career spanning over 28 years.
The Parisian duo, who are considered to be one of the most influential electronic acts of all time, confirmed the news in an eight-minute video called ‘Epilogue’ – which features footage from their 2006 sci-fi film Electroma.
The video sees the duo — Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo — walking around the desert in their recognisable space-age helmets and leather jackets.
It reaches a dramatic conclusion when one of the members touches a button which results in his explosion, before the clip fades to black.
A choral version of the group’s 2013 song ‘Touch’ is subsequently heard as a graphic shows the robot hands of de Homem-Christo and Bangalter in their respective outfits, alongside the dates ‘1993-2021’.
As Pitchfork reports, their longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier has since officially confirmed their split. Their reason for calling it a day is yet to be confirmed.
Their debut album, 1997’s ‘Homework’, spawned tracks such as ‘Around the World’ and ‘Da Funk’ and allowed the duo to develop the sound of French house on the international stage.
But when they returned four years later with 2001’s ‘Discovery’, the duo became known for their now-iconic displays of anonymity, appearing in public behind the robot masks that would become synonymous with their mysterious image.
The record, which featured tracks such as ‘One More Time’ and ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’, also confirmed their status as two of the world’s most in-demand producers.