Earlier this week, the internet was abuzz with the news that Daft Punk’s much anticipated new album, Random Access Memories, had been leaked. The album was available for streaming via Grooveshark and a number of other sites. Predictably, the majority of sites that were offering streams of the album have taken it down (presumably at the request of Daft Punk / Columbia, who could not have been too happy about the leak). However, some tracks are still available if you didn’t catch them earlier in the week.
While the album leak is noteworthy, what is perhaps more interesting is Daft Punk’s reaction to their own album: they say it sucks. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have called Random Access Memories the Scream 4 of sequels (if you aren’t familiar with Scream 4, it is not a flattering comparison).
Bangalter continues, “The thing we can ask ourselves at some point is like: We’re making music for twenty years. How many bands and acts do you have that are still making good music after twenty years? It always sucks—almost always, you know?”
“So our new album is supposed to really suck,” concludes Homem-Christo.
Why is Daft Punk dissing their own album? I’ve listened to it a number of times and while it doesn’t reflect the same force and passion that their earlier work does, it is far from sucking. At worst, I’d label it mediocre and even that is difficult given that there are at least a couple very solid tracks (I’ve caught myself singing them to myself more than a few times).
Is Daft Punk’s stance some form of reverse hype? As they say, any publicity is good publicity and Daft Punk will definitely attract more attention by saying their album is bad than they would if they said it is good.
A large part of me hopes that the leak itself is a publicity stunt: Daft Punk leaks a mediocre album themselves and then — just when people are thinking “this is it?” — blows everyone away by releasing the actual, epic album. Although it would be an amazing troll, I’m not holding my breath.
Neither is TriceraHOPS, “The uber collaborated effort covers one’s ass when it comes to being held accountable for fully original content. Regardless, I think the new stuff will slide in smoothly to the mega stacked catalog when it comes to live shows. The follow up release, albeit awesome, is fairly unlikely. The quote that stands true, ‘Daft Punk hasn’t been the same since Disney bought them.’”
Daft Punk fans can take solace in the fact that there are already rumors that the band is planning to remix Random Access Memories to give it more of a “Daft” feeling. Numerous other artists have already made their own remixes available.