I have never been the one who was able to listen to Daft Punk albums over and over. I could give Discovery the odd play through and if I needed some unobtrusive background noise while studying, the Tron soundtrack got a listen or two. However, for some reason entire albums of Daft Punk have never been high on my regular playlist. Despite all this though, I still consider myself a fan of the band, although I would by no means consider myself a die-hard one.
With this in mind, I went into the first listen of the new album Random Access Memories optimistic. This optimism was soon rewarded as the album flowed smoothly from song to song and proved to be an absolute pleasure. The feel of Random Access Memories is one that definitely harks back to the 1980s, with the beats and almost funk rhythms blending with the synthesized vocals to create a superb experience. The first single from the album, ‘Get Lucky’ which features Pharrell Williams, offers just a taste of the funky beats that are available on the album.
A friend of mine likened the album to that of a man going back in time to the 80s to fight robots and for some reason this description is one that has stuck. The soft synthesized almost robotic vocals of ”The Game of Love’ and ‘Give Life Back to Music’ coupled with the more human songs (usually the ones with featuring artists) really flesh out and make the album an almost 80s film experience. Whether you can visualise such an endeavour during the album or if you experience the music in a completely different, non-storyline way, Random Access Memories is an album that keeps listeners hooked and engaged.
The album as a whole feels very connected with the initially off-putting spoken word songs such as ‘Giogrio by Moroder’ and ‘Touch,’ soon becoming markers for the album, fitting in almost seamlessly after the first encounter. Where previously I was never able to listen to a Daft Punk album numerous times, the funky beats and engaging vocals of this album have changed this with Random Access Memories becoming a staple in my playlist.