Only for rare, appropriate, monumental occasions does troysnoise break from its ethos of discovering and sharing emerging music. We're getting lucky - the release of and eight year drought from a Daft Punk studio album qualifies for such an occasion.
No doubt, the majority of bands and artists we share, have, in some way, shape or form, been touched by Daft Punk. Beyond the obvious (LCD Soundsystem, Justice, Digitalism), groups such as Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, Neon Indian, Lemaitre, Hot Chip and Flight Facilities, to name a few, have all plugged into the Daft Punk motherboard. That said, all bands are influenced by someone or something. In Daft Punk's case, "Teachers" from Homework lays out their list of influencers: Paul Johnson, DJ Funk, DJ Street, DJ Rush, Hyperactive, Brian Wilson, George Clinton, Leo Lewis, DJ Hell, Louie Vega, Dr. Dre, Gemini, Jeff Mills, DJ milton, Red Velvet, not to mention George Moroder, Michael Jackson, and many others.
Yet, Daft Punk absorbed the sounds of the past and created something more - blurring genres, sounds, places - giving life back to music. Their albums have, in our opinion, taken us from the sounds of the street (Homework) to the club (Discovery), to the concert hall (Human After All), to the bright stage lights (Alive 2007), and now back to where it all starts (and ends), the bedroom (Random Access Memories). The latest Daft Punk album has the characteristic catchy loops, syncopated beats and the funkiest of bass of lines, yet it has a certain groove and rythym that articulates the game of love. It goes beyond asking you to lose yourself to dancing; it asks us to reflect on the humanity of music; the relationships we share; the people who influence us; the sounds of tomorrow, the music of today.
There's a certain irony to the underlying "bedroom" theme of this album. Much of today's music is created on a computer, at home. This instant crush of an album is as much a slight of that reality as it is an acceptance and appreciation for where music currently stands. Fragments of time, space, history. Past, present, future. Technology encroaching on society. Singular, universal. Machine or human? Arguably amongst the biggest modern day music stars, 99% of the astute population couldn't identify either of the duo without the trademark robot outfits. Do we know what Daft Punk actually look like? This guise has been carefully crafted over the years, ensuring an audience appreciates the music, not the people.
We appreciate the music, and we too hope to continue doin' it right - helping our audience appreciate the fresh music we digitally love - all around the world, with emotion and high fidelity, in the prime time of your life.
emerging music. discovered.