Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter announces solo album

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Thomas Bangalter is back in his solo era.

The producer, known primarily for being one half of Daft Punk, has announced his first full-length record since the duo split in 2021.

The album titled ‘Mythologies’ was originally made for the ballet of the same name choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj and premiered at the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine.

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Set for release April 7, Bangalter began working on ‘Mythologies’ in autumn of 2019 after being invited by Preljocaj to write music for the house’s resident orchestra.

Bangalter has said to have “reinvented” the ballet’s composition which he was claimed to have been “itching” to write.

The album includes 23 tracks which “embrace the history of orchestral ballet music” and was originally performed alongside ten dancers.

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The announcement states that over the last thirty years Bangalter has “explored the world of technology” with electronic music and sees him now exploring “humankind” in this album with him quoting ancient and modern myths.

As part of the of the upcoming album a newly released illustration of a non-helmeted Bangalter is out to mark this solo project. See the illustrated created by Stephane Manel below.

Last summer the ballet was open to the public with Bangalter spotted at the play in a standing ovation with the show’s cast and crew.

The ballet’s official description as translated by Mixmag reads that Preljocaj says it “isn’t dance” but instead “stigmatises our rituals, reveals the incongruity of our postures whether they are social, religious or pagan”.

Pre-order Thomas Bangalter’s ‘Mythologies’ here and check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist :
I. Premiers Mouvements
II. Le Catch
III. Thalestris
IV. Les Gémeaux I
V. Les Amazones
VI. L’Arrivée d’Alexandre
VII. Treize Nuits
VIII. Danae
IX. Zeus
X. L’Accouchement
XI. Les Gorgones
XII. Renaissances
XIII. Le Minotaure
XIV. Eden
XV. Arès
XVI. Aphrodite
XVII. Les Naïades
XVIII. Pas de Deux
XIX. Circonvolutions
XX. Les Gémeaux II
XXI. Icare
XXII. Danse Funèbre
XXIII. La Guerre

Becky Buckle is Mixmag’s Video and Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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