Daft Punk, one of the most influential and popular music groups to emerge in the past 30 years, have announced their retirement via a video titled Epilogue posted online.
The duo’s longtime publicist 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 concealed their features behind a robot concept, walking around the desert and wearing their familiar space helmets and leather jackets.
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’.
While their representative 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.
Bangalter and de Homem-Christo met in the mid-1980s at school in Paris as teenagers and soon after began working together on music.
The two decided to focus on electronic music; Brancowitz left and ultimately formed Phoenix.
Watch the ‘Epiologue’ video below and let us know what you think about the video and the split!