Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Sure Daft Punk are amazing, but this good?

Let me start by saying this: Daft Punk are incredible. Over their twenty year career the duo have had a colossal impact on music as we know it today and although their latest record might not be as groundbreaking as some people in the media want us to believe it's a darn good disco album nonetheless. However...
The frustration occurs with these so called Collaborators videos. A short series of interviews produced by Intel and Vice, The Collaborators feature a bunch of well known musicians who worked on Random Access Memories making ludicrous exaggerations and sprouting blatantly scripted nonsense about the record for no other purpose than to add even more zeroes onto the end of the head of Columbia Records's bank balance. Take these for example:


If anybody out there has got a clue what extra-terrestrial garbage Pharrell Williams is rabbiting on about here could they let me know because I can't make head or tail of it. "They're not bound by time and space," claims the Neptunes producer, "It's beyond 3D, it's like 4D in your mind." "Somewhere outside of the aether that we exist in is a multitude of realms of possibility and alternate directions. [The record] is kind of like mid-seventies, early-eighties of a different universe and dimension, not of this one." Well I'm glad that's cleared that up!

Animal Collective's Panda Bear makes slightly more sense: "Instead of sampling an old piece of music it was like recording things in an old way to make something that kind of sounds like it was sampling something old, but which in turn kind of makes it sound new if you know what I mean." You know what Noah, I'm not really sure I do.

"Every musician feels an emotional connection to [Daft Punk]," Chilly Gonzales enormously and big-headedly overstates whilst have a tinkle. "And we always have a feeling that they're ahead of us." It goes without saying that they're an inspirational couple of androids but every musician? I'm not convinced.

It's Face To Face co-producer Todd Edwards however who offends me the most. He begins his eight minute rambling with, "I'm waiting for this album to intoxicate and infect everyone so I'm not making music in a sterile world anymore," ("sterile" coincidentally also being the word that Pitchfork's Mark Richardson used to describe R.A.M.). But his ignorance doesn't stop there. Todd for some reason believes live instrumentation is "a lost art form," (but later admits to not having a clue what's going on at the moment anyway).

And it's not just me who's finding the whole Daft Punk thing a little too exhausted. Funny or Die are so tired of the cringeworthy Collaborators interviews that they've produced one of their own featuring Andrew The Pizza Guy who served the androids a ginormous, life-changing pizza while they were working on the record. Half-baked, cheesy and a little crusty round the edges, Random Access Memories is out now.

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