Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter announces debut solo project: See the album cover

That Daft Punk the camp has been as quiet as an empty nightclub since the French icons were officially announced their bride in February 2021. But Tuesday (Jan. 24) offers tangentially related Daft Punk news via the group’s Thomas Bangalter.


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In April, the producer will release his first solo album, an orchestral project called Mythologies. The work comes with a predictably high pedigree, having been commissioned by French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj for the ballet of the same name. The show premiered in Bordeaux at the Orchester National Bordeaux Aquitaine.

A press release about this project says that the 90-minute score “reveals a love of baroque music and suggests traces of American minimalism, its short phrases subjected to a process of progressive variation.” The orchestral work contains no electronic elements. Check out its cover below.

The project, out April 7 via Erato/Warner Classics, began in the fall of 2019 when Preljocaj invited Bangalter to write the music for a new work. Preljocaj stated that this piece was intended for 10 dancers from the Opéra National de Bordeaux’s ballet company, 10 others from Preljocaj’s own company and the house’s resident orchestra.

“This invitation,” the press release continues with a wink to the kismet, “arrived at precisely the moment when Bangalter was itching to write for a full orchestra.”

The resulting 23-scene production and its corresponding music do nothing less than “dive into the heritage shared by all humanity by embracing the ancient and modern myths that reflect and shape us.”

“I think all artists should have freedom,” Bangalter’s father Daniel Vangarde told Billboard November last year. “I helped Thomas, Guy-Man and their friends as much as I could to allow them to be released without barriers. They were only 20 years old and the industry could have pressured them — a normal contract generates interference between your work and the time of release… My input was to help create a good environment that allowed them to produce freely.”

Thomas Bangalter, “Mythologies”

Stéphane Manel

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