The long-awaited release of Daft Punk’s new single, “Get Lucky,” has finally arrived! The song comes from the band’s 4th album, “Random Access Memories,” which has been in the works for a few years.
When describing the collaboration with Pharrell, Daft Punk proclaimed that he “is a born performer” with a lot of “elegance.” “[They] wanted to give the impression of being in a capsule in the studio, isolated from the world.”
Creating this new album was apparently a challenge for Daft Punk. “There was a sense of searching for a record we hadn’t done,” Bangalter said. The breakthrough came when they started experimenting with live musicians and “[recreating] what we used to do with machines and samplers, but with people”. While Daft Punk still use vintage vocoders and a custom modular synth, the record has hardly any samples. “[We tried] to make robotic voices sound the most human they’ve ever sounded, in terms of expressivity and emotion.”
The new tour will officially kick off in a Wee Waa, Australia, a small agricultural town of less than 2000 people. “The promoters came up with a wonderful idea to show a contrast between a global band and a small community rural township. It’s something that’s quite unexpected,” Narrabri Shire Council Mayor Conrad Bolton told Reuters. I would love to be at that show!
I think “Get Lucky” is pretty good. It certainly features Pharrell more than Daft Punk, which will irk many of the die-hard fans, but I’m personally ok with it. At the end of the song, I’m left wanting more DP, which is a good thing.
And yes, I put on my helmet to listen for the first time.