Daft Punk, one of the most influential and popular bands to emerge in the past 30 years, announced his retirement via a video titled “Epilogue” posted Monday morning.
The duo’s longtime publicist has officially confirmed the split to Variety 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 hidden their features behind a robot concept, strolling through the desert, wearing their familiar space helmets and jackets in leather. After a few moments, one of the members looks at the other, takes off his jacket and reveals an energy pack behind his back. The other touches a button on the pack. The first member quickly moves away then explodes.
The scene cuts to a sunrise, or maybe a sunset, as a choral version of the band’s song “Touch” plays.
The song is taken from the duo’s 2013 album “Random Access Memories”, which in many ways was the highlight of their career. The album, which featured the worldwide hit single “Get Lucky”, won the Grammy Award for Best Album the following year.
The duo have largely kept a low profile since then, with their most important work being a collaboration with The Weeknd on two songs from their 2016 album “Starboy,” the title track and “I Feel It Coming”.