If this group of star-studded talent doesn’t somehow tickle the ear drums, there truly is something for every musical taste this year. Also gracing the bill in 2018 is Bastille, Cold War Kids, Foster The People, and Wolfmother for the rock-minded music seekers. As the music industry’s most rapidly growing genre, rap and hip-hop is also well represented on the bill in Miguel, A$AP Ferg, T Pain, and more.
Recently on an episode of popular music podcast Song Exploder, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler dove into the making of the band’s 2017 album Everything Now, honing in one what it was like to work with Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalter. Butler delves into the process behind “Put Your Money On Me,” recalling recording sessions in Paris at Daft Punk’s studio, which he describes as “one of the last vintage, 70s analogue studios.” Butler, who occasionally moonlights as DJ Windows 98, goes on describing the famously enigmatic Bangalter, claiming,
“You would think that Thomas is all about electronic music, [but] he doesn’t actually really like electronic music.”
It might sound like high blasphemy from Butler at first, but upon actual examination, of course Thomas Bangalter doesn’t actually like electronic music. He’s Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk; he’s an icon and a total mystery all at once. Butler at one point describes Bangalter as, “very academic, deep and philosophical.” The list of currently popular electronic music that might even be a blip on Bangalter’s radar is likely infinitesimal at best. By comparison, are we supposed to believe Jay Z is up on Lil Xan’s latest moves? Is Willie Nelson combing through Mason Ramsey’s SoundCloud? Likely not.
The cultural zeitgeist doesn’t always line up with the stuff of legend — and that’s okay. Right now, Bangalter is working with bands like Arcade Fire and his counterpart, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo is currently assisting artists like The Weeknd anyway. If we are lucky enough to get a statement from Daft Punk on the state of electronic music once a decade as we’ve grown accustomed, we should consider ourselves lucky altogether.
Daft Punk have spent quite a bit of time as of late assisting others fine-tune their tracks. After working on two singles with The Weeknd, Arcade Fire have become the next to recruit their immense skill in co-production, utilizing the legendary French duo for the entirety of their forthcoming album, Everything Now.
In this particular case, Daft Punk member Thomas Bangalter rose to the challenge of creating the LP alongside famed Canadian band and fellow producer Stevey Mackey. According to the credits, Bangalter provided the synths in addition to co-producing each track. Its debut single, also titled “Everything Now,” is of course more representative of the Arcade Fire aesthetic, though subtle disco and funk elements that present themselves within the folds of the single clearly show Bangalter’s hand in the piece.
“Everything Now” has been released alongside a scenic music video, which sees the band road-tripping around desert landscapes. The track’s eponymous album will be released July 28.