Daft Punk, the French duo whose sci-fi aesthetic and euphoric sense of pop transformed electronic music, have split up.
They announced the split with a YouTube video featuring a clip from their film Electroma, featuring an intertitle with the dates 1993-2021. Their publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the split to Pitchfork, but did not elaborate.
The breakup marks the end of a 28-year partnership between Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, who formed in Paris having previously played together in the rock band Darlin. That group’s work had been disparagingly described as a “daft punky thrash” in a Melody Maker review, giving the pair the name of their next project.