Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter Announces Solo Album, Reveals His Face For The First Time

Thomas Bangalter, one half of pioneering French electronic duo Daft Punk, who announced their split in 2021, has announced his first solo orchestral album and revealed his face for the first time in a public context, albeit as a realistic illustration. Daft Punk were famous for their anonymity, performing and appearing in public in elaborate helmets, including their performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards, where they won album of the year for their latest LP, “Random Access Memories” (pictured above). . Early in their career, the duo posted a few blurry photos of themselves, but quickly adopted an anonymous profile.

On April 7 at Erato/Warner Classics, Bangalter’s new album, “Mythologies”, is a work that was initially commissioned by choreographer Angelin Preljocaj for the ballet of the same name and premiered by the Orchester National Bordeaux Aquitaine under the direction by Romain Dumas. . According to the announcement, “as a substantial lyrical work, Mythologies finds the Daft Punk co-founder reinventing his approach to songwriting” and that the 90-minute score “shows little regard for conventional stylistic boundaries”, revealing “a love of baroque “. music and traces of American minimalism.”

The project dates back to the fall of 2019, when Angelin Preljocaj invited Bangalter to write the music for a new work that would mark the culmination of several years of collaboration with the Opéra National de Bordeaux. The piece was intended for ten dancers from the Bordeaux National Opera ballet company, another ten from Preljocaj’s own company, and the house’s resident orchestra.

The track list appears below.

Songs list:

I. Movements of Prime Ministers

II. The capture

third Talestris

IV. Gemeaux I

V. The Amazons

SAW. L’Arrivée d’Alexandre

VIII. Treize Walnuts

VIII. Danae

IX. Zeus

X. L’Accouchement

XI. The Gorgons

XII. rebirths

XIII. the minotaur

XIV. Eden

XV. Ares

XVI. Aphrodite

XVII. the naïades

XVIII. pas de deux

XIX. convolutions

xx. Gemeaux II

XXI. It matters to me

XXII. Funeral Dance

XXIII. war

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