Daft Punk walked off with Album of the Year (Random Access Memories) and Record of the Year (“Get Lucky”) at last nights Grammys, and good on them. The electronic music duo stays anonymous by disguising themselves as robots; their goal seems to be to let their music speak for itself. I’ve been hearing of Daft Punk since they debuted in the late 1990s, but haven’t paid them much attention because electronic/dance/house/trance/rave/whatever-they’re-calling-it-these-days is not my cup of tea. But “Get Lucky” is a soulful, R&B-tinged dance tune that makes it seem like a warm summer night whenever it plays.
It was something of a surprise hit last year, because while Daft Punk has been popular with critics for many years, they haven’t been mainstream chart toppers before. But the duo made Random Access Memories with the help of Paul Williams and Nile Rodgers, who are both great artists in their own right. I think the influence of Williams and Rodgers, among many others, helped Daft Punk expand both their musical horizons and popular appeal. As cool as it is to keep personalities from distracting listeners from the music, it’s hard to warm up to a couple of robots. Of course, have Pharrell Williams sing the song certainly didn’t hurt, either. Electronic music is not a wasteland devoid of all human emotion, and Daft Punk have proven that in spades. I’m looking forward to more from them in the future.