Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas Transcend Time and Body with “Infinity Repeating (2013 Demo)” Video

Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas Transcend Time and Body with “Infinity Repeating (2013 Demo)” Video

A recently unveiled music video for Daft Punk’s previously unreleased demo track, “Infinity Repeating (2013 Demo),” showcases a visually captivating evolution of mankind coupled with the crooning vocals of Julian Casablancas. The video was directed by filmmaker Warren Fu and is a collaboration between animation houses Picnic Studios, H5 Studio, and Light Studios.

The demo track, an outtake from Daft Punk’s highly successful Random Access Memories, was recorded during the sessions for the album in Los Angeles and New York. The French duo decided to include the track in the album’s 10th-anniversary deluxe edition alongside 35 minutes of previously unreleased music.

While “Infinity Repeating” was considered a highlight by Daft Punk, the duo ultimately chose to release “Instant Crush” featuring Casablancas as a single, a decision that proved successful as the song became a hit in Europe and achieved platinum certification in the United States. However, “Infinity Repeating” held a special place in the duo’s creative vision.

Casablancas described the track as “a little stranger and more jazz modern, chord-wise, than the others on the record” and expressed his desire for Stevie Wonder to sing it. He further added, “It just cycles up like a pattern. It’s a four-half-step cycle moving up on repeat… It’s lovely and bizarre. Like a human. And like a human, obsessed with infinity and constantly making the same mistakes and movements.”

The video for “Infinity Repeating” premiered at the Centre Pompidou, a renowned modern and contemporary art museum in Paris and is split into three acts. Director Warren Fu commended the collaboration between the animation studios, highlighting their ability to synchronize their creative efforts in crafting the video’s mesmerizing walking figure. Fu also expressed his sentimental attachment to the project, stating, “This project is especially dear to me… it is also the final music video for Daft Punk.”

In addition to the music video release, Daft Punk has launched Daft Punk: Memories Unlocked via Snapchat’s AR studio, offering augmented reality experiences that accompany the song “Horizon” and serve as a 10-city treasure hunt tied to GPS coordinates.

The 10th-anniversary deluxe edition of Random Access Memories features a collection of bonus tracks, including outtakes, early versions, demos, and vocoder tests. Among them is “Touch (2021 Epilogue),” which previously served as Daft Punk’s final music video.

Watch the video for “Infinity Repeating (2013 Demo)” below.

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