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Why The New Daft Punk Album Has To Blow Our Minds

by Clay Conger 29 April 2013 122 views No Comment E-mail Clay Conger

To anyone reading this,

Close your eyes and think hard about the last electronic album you heard wherein every song was good. Or even, wherein every song was listenable. Goes back a little far, doesn’t it? The fact of the matter is consistency in albums across all genres has been slipping a bit over the years, partially due to individual song downloads and the importance of singles. But also because most bands aren’t putting enough care into structuring the album. For the past few years popular albums seem to be a random collection of songs; some good, some crap. Unfortunately, electronic music also shares this issue, despite the fact that if any type of music has the best chance at being consistent, it’s the electronic genre.

Sadly, electronic albums just aren’t cutting it these days, keep in mind this is coming from someone who listens to everything from Air to MGMT. Many of my favorite electronic groups have been failing to impress. Bland dance music and indecipherable dubstep trends aren’t helping either. Yet, throughout it all there is one group that can restore electronic music to it’s status of being both entertaining and good. And that is Daft Punk.

“While Human After All” was a bit repetitive, Daft Punk has shown just how impressive, as well as joyously catchy, electronic music can be. Their score for “Tron: Legacy” was easily the best part of that turdpile of a film, their live album is the ultimate pump-up experience, and “Discovery” may be the best electronic album every made. My point is that Daft Punk continues to churn out impressive and artistic tunes, with no real drop in quality or passion. They helped to mold art house techno during the 90’s and now stand as one of the forefathers of electronic music in general. In terms of quality, they are the consistent group.
When “Random Access Memories” gets released this year, I will buy it as soon as I can with the hope it will be good enough to show that electronic music as an art form is still alive and kicking, that albums in this genre can be thoroughly entertaining, and that Daft Punk is still king. This album is needed more than any Daft Punk album in history in order to, at best, improve the current musical climate. It’s a lot to ask, but as the release date closes in, I’m pretty optimistic.

“Random Access Memories” will be available for purchase in a store near you or for digital download on May 21, 2013. Until then, here’s a little something to hold you over:

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