If Daft Punk has taught us anything recently, it’s that they know how to tease an album.
Fans and reviewers alike are biting their nails in anticipation for their upcoming Random Access Memories, their first studio album in eight years, excluding the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. They have posted interviews with collaborators, dangled delicious jams in front of us at Coachella, shown the track list and revealed album artwork. Now with only four weeks to the release, they have formally released their single, “Get Lucky.”
Get Lucky was supposedly leaked around a million times over the past month, and it was leaked for real about two days ago. Daft Punk decided to do the wise thing and just throw it out there since the cat was out of the bag. And let me tell you: the song is amazing.
The track features Pharrell Williams from N.E.R.D. fame, as well as the talented musician/producer Nile Rodgers. This track oozes pure funk and disco; the beat is extremely infectious, the guitar is bouncy and classic and Pharrell’s amazing voice stitches together the lyrics that champion love and expression. When he asks “What is this I’m feelin’,” that’s pure ecstasy, my friends. The only real bad thing about this song is that I have trouble listening to Daft Punk in a void; I’ve never not listened to “Discovery” all the way through, and the framing of a song is just as important as the song itself.
This song shows nothing but a great return to form for the French house duo. Listening to it, I get hints of “Around the World” and “Digital Love,” though you can tell it is much more matured than those earlier efforts. The song, and so far the entire vibe of the PR for an album, really calls back to a simpler time. The 80’s sequined suits, the cursive writing of the album title, and the general beat just harkens back to Daft Punk’s heyday in 2001 with “Discovery.”
I feel like this album is going to be much more important than we think it will be. It’s not only trying to encapsulate music and sound, but a mood. It’s trying to heighten our happiness in these low times. It’ll make us feel the excess of the 90s, but the camaraderie of the early 2000s. It’ll make us feel how we haven’t felt in a long time, and I’m looking forward to it.