It looks like Daft Punk are up to something.
Yesterday, April 13, the pair teased all 5.3 million of their YouTube subscribers with a rarely seen video revealing the storyboard behind the iconic ‘Around The World’ music video.
The 1997-released track, which was accompanied by a video directed by French director Michel Gondry, now boasts some 19 million views on YouTube. The video originally only appeared exclusively on a DVD released the same year.
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In the new video posted yesterday, Daft Punk show a snippet of the original storyboard used to create the colourful music video, which featured dancers running up and down a staircase clad in glitzy costumes.
The video appeared last night, captioned quite simply: “Daft Punk Archive #86 - Around The World - The Music Video Storyboard”.
The placement, movement, and choreography of each dancer is detailed in the newly revealed storyboard, giving a peek into the pair’s extensive artistic process.
Such storyboards originally appeared on Daft Punk’s 1997-released D.A.F.T DVD alongside the original music video. The track landed on the pair’s most heralded record, ‘Homework’, which received a reissue in February for its 25th anniversary.
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Another surprise from the pair came earlier this week when they launched a brand new website under paftpunk.com, a mysterious site leaving no real detail other than the newly shared video.
So far, the site features the storyboard video under the title ‘Archive #86’, alongside a link to input your email address and links to buy the reissue of 1997’s ‘Homework’.
Earlier in the week, the website simply featured the words “archive loading” above a loading bar, with little other information.
So, what are Daft Punk up to? Your guess is as good as ours, but it looks like a trove of archive footage could be on its way.
Gemma Ross is Mixmag's Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter