It's all happening! Daft Punk's first studio LP (not counting 2011's Tron Soundtrack, which is fantastic by the way) since 2005's Human After All, is up for preorder on iTunes. The album is called Random Access Memories, and is due to come out May 21st.
Like most of our kind on the internet, I've been waiting for weeks for any morcel of news concerning Daft Punk's new album. When a mysterious add showed up on SNL showing what would become the album art, and featured a 15 second teaser of one of the new tracks I lost my mind. When this video came out:
-I watched it a few hundred times. Full disclosure: I have the video playing in the background right now. There have been dozens of faked "leaked" tracks in the past couple of weeks, and just like every other Daft Punk fan who haunts the multitude of music sites/forums on the internet, I have gotten my hopes up way too many times one of these tracks surfaces.
My hype levels have only been further stoked by this album's onslaught of billboard marketing. See:
I love Daft Punk, which is kind of strange given that I don't listen to a lot of electronic music. Of course the French duo or known more for their funk than their driving bass and I feel pretty safe assuming they will steer well clear of the dubstep cesspool that ELM seems to be drowning in currently. I've run hundreds of miles, washed thousands of dishes and written a small infinity of words while listening to this group. Alive 2007 is my most played album, or at least most played since I've been a Last.fm member, and in this writer's humble opinion is one of the best live albums ever recorded.
So at this point I think it's apparent that I'm excited for Random Access Memories. I'm excited as a music fan to have one of the better acts in the business back making records. I'm excited as a runner to have new material to accompany me on the road. Mostly I'm excited for the prospect of Daft Punk going on another North American Tour. They are the one act I would travel anywhere in the US to see.
Why, you ask?
Because of this:
There's been a lot of great music released this year, but this is the album that has me freaking out every time someone mentions it on a message board, and the only album that could get me excited for track length announcements and preorder notices. So if you'll excuse me, I have to go hit play on that Daft Swanson video again and get back to the agonizing wait.