Saturday, October 26, 2013

Daft Punk: Random Access Memories

"The group laid the groundwork for the growing contemporary dance genre by making music that was slightly rougher and almost comically synthetic—the latter symbolized by their habit of wearing robot helmets in their public appearances. 'Discovery,' from 2001, is perhaps the most influential dance record in recent memory. ... Daft Punk’s fourth studio album, 'Random Access Memories,' is an attempt to make the kind of disco record that they sampled so heavily for “Discovery.” As such, it serves as a tribute to those who came before them and as a direct rebuke to much of what they’ve spawned. Only intermittently electronic in nature, and depending largely on live musicians, it is extremely ambitious. ... The duo has become so good at making records that I replay parts of 'Random Access Memories' repeatedly while simultaneously thinking it is some of the worst music I’ve ever heard. Daft Punk engages the sound and the surface of music so lovingly that all seventy-five loony minutes of 'Random Access Memories' feel fantastic, even when you are hearing music you might never seek out" (Sasha Frere-Jones, "Pop Music," New Yorker, 5/27/13).

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