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This ad was shown in the US last night apparently:
New album coming?
Sounds so great. Rumours are the album's going to be out in May.
No computers or owt, all the instruments were actually played by the guys themselves.
Hope there's at least a bit of lovely vocoder in there though.
and an arpeggiator
and throwing yr computer out the window, cos you wanna make something real
you wanna make a yaz record
according to a Youtube comment anyway.
Quite a few fake leaks on there too, this one ain't bad.
Or even the full song. That 15 second snippet will do:
Though I was hoping they'd stick with the band name motif where:
Homework - Logo was stitched onto a jacket
Discovery - Logo was a silvery liquid
Human After All - Logo was on a TV
Tron Soundtrack - doesn't count
Random Access Memories - Logo was written in light, like in that 15 second advert (also like the lyric video for Phoenix's Entertainment).
Still, I'm excited.
Which means I'm a bit weird. Cannot wait.
this is cool http://randomaccessmemories.com
1 – Nile Rodgers (Guitar), Paul Jackson Jr. (Guitar) – 4:34
2 – Instrumental – 5:21
3 – Giorgio Moroder (Synth) – 9:04
4 – Gonzales (Piano) – 3:48
5 – Julian Casablancas (Vocals) – 5:37
6 – Loose yourself to dance – Nile Rodgers (Guitar), Pharrell Williams (Vocals) – 5:53
7 – Paul Williams (Vocals and Lyrics) – 8:18
8 – Nile Rodgers (Guitar), Pharrell Williams (Vocals) – 6:07
9 – Paul Williams (Lyrics) – 4:50
10 – Instrumental – 5:41
11 – Todd Edwards (Vocals) – 4:39
12 – Noah Benjamin Lennox (Panda Bear – Vocals) – 4:11
13 – Dj Falcon – 6:21
If its right anyway. Dunno if its good or bad there are so many people involved.
well doesn't worry me, but you know...
Having said that those clips sound really promising, and well, it's Daft Punk so it's not going to dampen my excitement.
From the very small stuff I've heard in these clips it sounds more like a natural progression from Discovery. Which is pretty cool cos Human After All wasn't to hot and I loved Discovery back in the day, not sure I do anymore mind but I'm all up for new Daft Punk shit always.
They had a few collabs on Discovery too: Romanthony, Todd Edwards, DJ Sneak. Then Pharrel did a remix for them after stealing a sample off them for Neptunes which he vocaled: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nygK0pqUmD8 DJ Falcon has always done stuff with Thomas Bangalter. The others make a load of sense apart from maybe the Animal Collective dude who has been awful on pretty much every dance track I've heard him on umm Pantha Du Prince, Zomby maybe soem others I blanked out.
The rest excites me immensely though!
new stuff on The Strokes album sounds perfect for a full on Daft Punk overhall and there has always just been something about them that feels like it'd fit somehow.
Next up...they're doing this whole tease thing quite well:
but this makes me so so excited about this album.
I really, really want to hear the full thing, sounds so amazing.
kind of incredible what this person did with 15 seconds of music
They are building the hype ridiculously!
Proper Daft Punk Playing Proper Guitars.
This is going to be great.
This is going to be so good.
I fucking hate disco. (Well I don't, just a bit fed up of disco).
I really hope there's some squelchy house tracks on there. 9 minute Moroder collab and DJ Falcon closer give me hope.
Pharrell singing a disco tune backed by Daft Punk on drums and guitar is the very last thing I want to hear.
Pharrell is properly annoying.
I'm assuming given the semi-video shown that this is probably the first single.
not confirmed, just a rumour
Jeez this is funky.
It's sexy nice.
I'm a bit apprehensive about this.
''While recording, Daft Punk found time in their schedules to jam with Kanye West for his next album. At their Paris studio, they laid down a combination of live and programmed drums while Kanye worked out rough vocals on the fly. "It was very raw: he was rapping – kind of screaming primally, actually,"
haha fuck that sounds incredible
Chris Cunningham working on a Kanye video - sounds awesome!
Where they throw whatever made them unique in the first place out of the window to try write some 'proper' songwriterly songs with big choruses (and proper haircuts too, natch) laser-guided for daytime commercial radio.
You're best when you're beaming squelchy technicolour bangers from the future through your synths, Daft Punk.
Out Tomorrow apparently!!!1
i really think they've taken the whole teaser/trailer/hype thing to its absolute nadir. horribly needy.
this buildup hasn't even been that long, and it was well executed.
loads of other great music to be listening to.
And I aint even much of a Daft Punk fan anymore. Mainly liked it cos it consisted of old people documentries talking about everything but Daft Punk on the whole. Niles Roggers, Moroder and Todd Edwards have been good interviews and only really chatted about Daft Punk for about 20 seconds each inbetween talking about what they've done in the past for 20 mins its been a pretty interesting way of doing things.
Sorry. It's just the looped version.
Could just be the 1 minute clip looped from the sound of it?
and Human After All 4.9??
theyre shite albums.
then they leave on their own, and they cry and they want to die.
sick of hearing about them again
But I'm actually finding the finished product a tad dull and flat. :(
Its got faaaaar too much Pharrell, and not enough vocoder action
so i'm guessing there is a longer better edit on the album
But I'm kind of dissappointed there wasn't more to it than what was in the trailer
--> vocoder drop bit. Not really sure what else you were expecting. Kids choir?
The track length is off but it's an 'original radio edit'. A couple of things strike me; 1: it sounds... unfinished. There's a severe drop in production values during the verses, everything sounds flat, nobody in their right mind makes Nile Rodgers sound flat. 2: Pharrell's voice isn't good enough to swing this sort of track, whether that's him or not in the verses.
i can imagine how the longer version could add a much needed funky breakdown/outro
also sounds like one of those singles that's underwhelming alone but better on the album, because i don't hate it. but i don't really feel like putting it on again.
verses do sound like pharrell....but they're really badly sung. and it'd be strange to have this on some soundcloud page after all the buildup.
I'll be gutted if it's actually the real thing now
And this is just the looped track with a couple of new verses - I honestly think this is just a bootleg.
Also this whole thread just makes me want to scream DO NOT TRUST THE SOURCE. wtf are all these random Soundcloud pages? I'll believe it when I see it on Pitchfork.
Single released on Friday. Be patient guys!
And it's great, as expected, though doesn't do a whole lot more than we already knew.
I hope the LP version doesn't fade out as the synth solo is gearing up like this edit does...
I just don't know why so many people bought into the hype
A lot of people bought into the hype because they are fans of their music. Pretty simple to work out.
Can't really get behind those verses, they're just a bit limp, and the actual music doesn't really change throughout?
That said, the best Daft Punk tracks are pleasure center overloads (with Alive 2007 succeeding by trimming all but those moments) and Get Lucky feels kinda grounded. The only bit where it threatens to take off is when the vocoder kicks in.
that it should be vocoders or Todd Edwards on Daft Punk tracks
Quite like it tbh
Pretty impressive that it was only onsale for 48 hours before too.
that 'fake' one is gone now, but didn't that also have a little synth part that faded out at the end? and the vocals are bad on this real one too. i just don't know anymore.
the only major gripe for me is that the combo of lyrics and Pharell's voice make the singing in that first verse horrendously clunky. I only have a basic knowledge in music production/mixing but it just sounds really amateur.
Having said that, I think the singing in the prechorus, chorus and even the second verse is funky enough, and the vocoder section's just ace. It really is only that first verse that's making me cringe...
They just sort of sit on top of the track and obscure the music . Hm.
pesky regional copyright bullshit
Give Life Back to Music
“One of the ambitions of this disc is to provide both something light and elegant. Here is John Robinson Jr., who plays drums. He was present on the Off The Wall album by Michael Jackson. What’s great in a performance like this is the infinity of possible shades: something we had not used with the electronic programming … Albums produced by Quincy Jones have always fascinated us by their precision ultimate that has never been achieved by any technology whatsoever. It’s a little basic difference between Thriller and Bad. In the latter, the securities are of a very high level, but the performances are less qualified.”
The Game of Love
“We sing with vocoders. At a time when human voices are processed to become robotic, we found it exciting to make a more human as possible robotic voice. The idea of ??artificial intelligence approaches the man … An emotion of something that is not human but tries to be.”
Giorgio by Moroder
“We met several years ago and has always been for us a kind of mythical figure, a little mysterious. His personal journey followed the music. The idea came to us based on an interview we conducted. The voice of Giorgio Moroder was recorded with multiple microphones several different times … So we finally recorded about three hours of interviews in which he recounts his life as a musician. This piece is a metaphor for musical freedom: we have always tried to break down the barriers between genres, between good and bad taste, the stuff connected and unconnected. Giorgio is a bit of a model of its kind. He was born in a small provincial town, began studying music in hotel lounges, the opening act for Johnny Hallyday, starts doing stuff progressive rock. To hear him say, in 72 years, “ah, I made ??electronic music 40 years ago,” it’s fascinating.”
“Gonzales plays the piano on the song. He’s a friend and a great pianist, one of the best musicians of his generation. “Within” is one of the first songs we recorded. It is very minimal: a little rhythm section, bass, piano. Creating the most with very little, that is the idea behind this title.”
“Julian Casablancas of The Strokes sings. We are both great fans and we learned that he wanted to meet us. It was this demo that was around, he came, he listened and he was thoroughly impressive! It has a kind of gift. We, basically, we love rock and the concept of the rock band, but there were so many strong things that the emergence of a new voice at one point became difficult. Recently, The Strokes and MGMT – with dimensions and sensitivities – succeeded. Julian has a punk rock side, a super strong emotional impact in its melodies. It was important to have this album to feel surrounded by our contemporaries.”
Lose Yourself to Dance
“This piece is the simplest definition of our desire: an album and worked very simple at the same time, with a low axis, drums, guitar – and robots! This is the opposite of something overproduced. Our fantasy was to redo the dance music with drums … The record that way has brought us enormous satisfaction, we are proud that it is a real drums on the album and not a box to rhythms. There are two drummers on the disk: John Robinson Jr., who holds the record for the most recorded drummer in the world, and Omar Hakim, who started with Stevie Wonder in 16 years …”
“This piece is the crux of the album. It is the starting point of the entire disk that holds the meeting with Paul Williams. A sound engineer we know we presented. Paul Williams [composer of film music, including "Phantom of the Paradise" and actor] visited us in the studio. From this meeting was born something very cinematic, very narrative. “Touch” clearly defines the psychedelic aspect of Random Access Memories. This piece has 250 tracks, so this is the most complicated, the most crazy.”
“Pharrell Williams sings this song: it was natural to invite our album. It is a born performer, complete, which produces a lot of elegance. It has not always had the opportunity to show he could be a great singer, so that we can include it in the pantheon of legendary performers. There is no imaginary line that separate the great artists of the past and present who are all worse than before. We wanted to give the impression of being in a capsule in the studio, isolated from the world. One can believe in 1978, but our idea is to travel this music in the present and in the future, see what happens and see if this enthusiasm is contagious.”
“Another piece done with Paul Williams who wrote the lyrics. It is a cosmic super song with very poetic lyrics and very pure. We talked a lot with Paul Williams of the direction of this album, and it was worth it to put words to our ideas.”
“A futuristic piece, which could be the year 4000 …”
Fragments of Time
“Our reunion with Todd Edwards [composer house] after Discovery.”
Doin’ it Right
“The angelic voice is Panda Bear [group Animal Collective]. We love what he’s doing solo, as well as the approach of his group. This piece – the only electronic song on the album – is the last recorded. The result is a kind of relaxation. Probably the title once the most futuristic and contemporary.”
“A piece made with DJ Falcon and recorded during the last mission of NASA’s Apollo 17 voice is that of Captain Eugene Cernan, the last man to have gone to the moon. It is a voice that literally just space. And it tells speaks for itself …”
No.1 in 13 of them. This promo campaign has worked a treat eh? Be interested to see where it'll end up in the Official UK Chart, given it will have been out for just over 48 hours...
nobody would have had any interest in new daft punk music.
It was more the scale (and reach) of it that I was commenting on, particularly on a very well executed tease/tease/tease/release by the label, though obviously the quality of song/past work/fan base played it's part too, but it's been impressively maximised in pretty much every respect.
there seems to be way more emphasis placed on aesthetic, marketing, and buzzbuilding than on the music itself. the new album is basically going to be Sony & Friends Presents: Daft Punk and the Sony Players. daft punk may have had some great and new ideas for a new album, but i think sony is going to polish and edit it into something quite mediocre and disappointing
I hope I'm wrong but so far all indications are that the 'team' have really gone for the lowest common denominator/ widest mainstream appeal possible
it'll doubtless be remarkably successful but I really feel uncomfortable about records being sold on the 'Hollywood opening weekend' principle
not just the one song
the strategy, the guest appearances, the sheer amount of cash being spent on shiny marketing - what stalecloud said basically - fills me with dread
like I said I hope I'm wrong but one all-star Jamiroquoi jam later and I'm a bit nervous about what's coming
and you haven't heard the other guest tracks
but it sounds like you've decided you're going to hate it anyway so i guess it doesn't matter.
Homework has loads of epic videos that are all pretty iconic. Discovery had a whole film made of the album. Human After All was lowkey by only having an epic pyramid live stage show so a youtube documentry series for this one so far is kinda small fry so far.
it's kinda lame apart from the robo voice. But I wasn't expectign to like it cos disco sucks and I can't get thru more than half of Discovery now-a-days let aloen any of Human After All. Plus when was the last time Niles Rogers or Pharrel had a good track? Years ago for one hell maybe a decade and maybe three decades for the other. The spectical and promo is ace though, they always do somethign special with that stuff.
loved that Intastella 5555 film though
and even though there was money from when they first left Soma and signed to virgin and got Gondry in to make the videos there was always a sense that even though they were ripping samples left right and centre from 70s funk and disco there was always an eye on the future or an edge of originality or sophistication enough to carry them through
all of that seems alarmingly lacking in this pastiche
but you never know, it might fall into place and make sense in the album we'll have to see
well Homework didn't really, didn't seem like it anyway. It was just stright up club music of the time and I thin ki tstill stands up really well because of it.
Discovery had some awsome moments liek Aerodynamic and its remix Aerodynamite on the single which is still pretty mind blowing. Harder, Faster, Better, Stronger is pretty ace. They're both pretty forward looking ways of using old samples and instruments. Veridis Quo is prob the only other stand out and thats stright up old school moroder style sci-fi electro.
Human After All had a really futuristic concept with live instruments sounding like machines, which is a wicked idea but it never really worked. Bar maybe Technologic being kinda fun for a bit.
Will have to see where this one goes but yeah a disco lean isn't exciting me much. Not as much as a load of cool looking vids or whatever from them anyway. Its kinda like what Kanye did with My Twisted Dark Fantasy, now I think that album plain sucks but I loved the epic feature length trailer he did.
From a feature in GQ magazine, re: the track 'Giorgio by Moroder': "Giorgio Moroder haltingly talk[s] about his early days as a German club warrior over a click track". The track is 9 minutes long. That's hardly got wide mainstream appeal written all over it. The same writer concludes "the disco connoisseur-y songs outnumber the potential pop smashes by a ratio of about 4 to 1" and calls it "breathtakingly self-indulgent".
Also if they wished to appeal to the lowest common denominator, wouldn't they have picked more modern/well known guest appearances? I sincerely doubt that many casual music fans will know who Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rogers, Paul Williams, Panda Bear, DJ Falcon or Todd Edwards are.
Duran Duran, Donna Summer, Bowie, Human League, Blondie, Madonna - never 'eard of 'em pal
That covers the dad rock and classic rock/pop disco radio stations
Pharell, bit more modern, covers the recent pop & R&B listening public
Panda Bear - Pitchfork approved
Todd Edwards - US house scene approved
Paul Williams - TV & Hollywood approved
DJ Falcon - Blog approved and part of the inner circle of Le French Touch
Chilly Gonzales - Extra cred & europe wide 'underground' club/plays a proper instrument appeal
the only thing missing really are some females
OK, perhaps I'm being overly cynical (but perhaps I'm not)I'm sure there's some good stuff on the album I just thing the lead single is a stinker
I'm hoping that this Pharell abomination is the Girl is Mine to their Thriller
really I am
I'm on DiS and Pitchfork most days and own every Animal Collective album, yet still had to Google Panda Bear*.
(*everyone but Pharell & Nile :( )
Approval in a particular musical niche is not the same as mainstream appeal or fame and it certainly doesn't mean you appeal to the lowest common denominator. I'd also say you're giving the average person far too much credit if you think they'd be familiar with more than two of the above scenes you mentioned. Moreover, having collaborated with a famous artist, say David Bowie or Donna Summer, does not make you a household name of the same variety.
Disliking the song is a perfectly valid opinion, but to assume a 74 minute album is designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator after hearing 4 minutes of music and a list of collaborators is a bit unfair.
the song is designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator
the campaign is designed to saturate all media
the guest appearances are designed to cover all bases
I can definitely see some truth in each of those statements. Though none of those are inherently negative and all three are pretty typical of releases by big pop artists.
sound better than 99.9% of whats on pop radio atm.
Quite enjoyed it, hardly a classic but better than Da Funk. 6/10
it's an overweight uncle who's had too much of the free bar and is trying to pull a teenage bridesmaid of a song
it's a fumbling 5am desperate baldy on a booze cruise of a song
it's a 7 vodka high girlie house party at stupid o'clock on repeat on spotify at full volume when you're trying to get to sleep of a song
to many people this probably makes it the soundtrack of their summer 'good times' 2013
but fuck me my first instinct was right, it is a TOTAL have you ever been to a Harvester before? of a song
"Waited up all night to get lucky"
i love harvester tho :(
Desperate to hear the album version now. The wait never ends!
Probably one of the reasons I'm really enjoying this. I do like disco though.
Although it's got too much Pharrell for my liking, and not enough vocoders (proper robots, proper vocoders, etc). Hopefully the full album version has bit more going on. Still very excited about the album though!
Has made me super excited for a new Daft Punk album. I've never even particularly bothered with any of their stuff before aside from the hits. Well done record label, really.
Daft Punk have a top 3 single.
they don't know all the words
and singing over it, stopping every few seconds to say "what?". Ouch
into a faintly embarrassing propaganda mission on the cusp of going awry
and why Pharrel Williams on guest vocals? Pitbull or Sean Paul could have done a much better job.
I came across this the other day: http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Sean_Paul
I hope to hell that the other tracks are somewhere near as good as this.
Personally I wouldn't have been arsed if Pharel sang on every song, as a temporary singer for one album.
What is Room 5 of which you speak?
Don't think they sound the same...
they don't actually sound that similar i guess. The Room 5 song is much, much better, for starters.
The song sampled is far better
"In the end, they wound up making the “Daft Punk sucks!” record themselves... It’s extremely impressive musically, weirdly pedantic in places - unless you think there’s merit in listening to Giorgio Moroder haltingly talk about his early days as a German club warrior over a click track - and probably a little overgenerous to guys like Panda Bear, who basically gets to sneak a solo track onto one of the most anticipated albums of the past decade. I would say the disco-connoisseur-y songs outnumber the potential pop smashes by a ratio of about 4 to 1, but there are definitely a couple of potential pop smashes. I have no idea who they imagine Random Access Memories being for, besides themselves, but there is something seductive about that, the band’s ability to do something so totally, breathtakingly self-indulgent - it makes you want to try to see it their way.
“It’s maybe not ‘Kill the father,” Bangalter says. “But it’s like: Things have got to move on.”
Needless to say they haven't gone down the cheery disco route -
shame, really. at least we'll always have the memories of the promo videos and marketing
i guess it's a writeoff
^ - ^
Monday evening at some point supposedly.
That sounds utterly mental. Surely not.
they project that they'll sell 20 million worldwide in 3 years so it will easily make a hefty profit
but even if they only sell a quarter of that it will make a decent profit
still, seems like a mental marketing spend for a record
in what seemed like a fairly credible marketing blog a while back. Damned if I can find the link though....
They made a few videos and got some air time at Coachella... Probably gratis. No chance some suits have spanked 35m on that; even though it would be incredible. If the sum is *anywhere* near that then expect a huge tour somewhere not too far down the line to pay it off.
Synchronizing a teaser campaign, single launch, album launch, all platform, all media, saturation so that everything rolls out across the entire planet at one and the same moment has a few overheads
Like I said. We're talking about a 3 year album cycle - there's plenty to come
Which would take a chunk out of 35 million
All I know is that Discovery only sold a couple of milli back in the good days. Dudes are crazy if they think RAM is shifting Adele or Beatles numbers.
And to be honest, they're on target so far - Get Lucky has sold 500,000 units in just 3 weeks in the UK alone, has topped the charts in a dozen countries, top 5 in 30 countries. US top 20 and so on
Like I said, global synchronised saturation carries a fuck ton of overheads
But if the previews are correct, and there's maybe half a single left to be squeezed out of a self-indulgent prog-Disco opus, those kind of sales would signify an almost unprecedented shift in mainstream music consumption.
It seems unbelievable that someone would throw that kind of money at a record that's supposedly not particularly accessible without a major world tour behind it (which in Daft Punk's case could easily rake in hundreds of millions of dollars). A few years ago people we're in disbelief about Kanye spending $3m to record MBDTF.
Well maybe Columbia have decided to make Daft Punk dance music for people who don't like dance music
they were at least trying things in the 90s and at the turn of the millenium
I hate that song.
Haven't most big studio videos traditionally cost significantly more than the album cost and those are basically freebies out there to hope to promote the album.
Billboards and the like cost loads and loads. Look at the costs of marketing movies and consider that the actual marketing side isn't really much different to what goes into marketing albums.
Come to think about it, I've no idea what major labels normally spend on marketing blockbuster releases.
It just seems excessive in the days when most of the A*-list behemoth records shift just a few million copies. No wonder they're all going down the shitter if they're spending more on marketing than they can possibly hope to recoup in sales.
If there's a tour involved they'll have a large cut of it unlike the old days.
And people do buy music, especially a dance act, where you'll expect a hefty rake in on physical sales of vinyl, I would imagine.
I'm fairly certain there'll be equivalent 'merchandise' too
maybe they'll even turn up in a Star Wars movie as the Cantina DJs
singing 'Get Lucky' as a three-headed man.
If they released a version of this album with the fuckin vocoder switched off. I like soft rock and overblown space disco as much as the next man - more even - but nobody needs an album of THAT vocal effect. The Todd Edwards track is a nice example of the stripped back vocals working nicely. Shame, as there's some pretty great songwriting on here
Caveat - maybe more vocal effects needed on the Pharrell tracks. Or less Pharrell