Talking with Stereogum for the outlet’s “We have Obtained A File On You” interview collection, Phoenix, who’re celebrating their twenty fifth anniversary this yr, mentioned they labored with Bangalter to provide Alpha Zulu, the band’s seventh full-length album.
Frontman Thomas Mars mentioned the legendary Daft Punk member at occasions crammed the void of Philippe Zdar, their late French compatriot and a deeply influential musician who helped produce a handful of the band’s albums. Zdar tragically died following an unintentional fall in Paris in 2019.
“The mixer performed an vital half on this one,” Mars mentioned. “And Thomas [Bangalter] from Daft Punk got here a number of occasions to assist us out, simply to play the function of Philippe, who was this charismatic drive that knew who we had been and will give us recommendation as a result of he is aware of the place we need to go, he is aware of the place we come from, he’s a buddy. Thomas performed somewhat little bit of the identical function. He is aware of the potential of a tune; he is aware of what a demo may sound like. He would assist us select somewhat bit.”
Bangalter’s involvement in Alpha Zulu, Phoenix’s first LP since 2017, pours gasoline on an album that has the texture of a tour de drive for the band. It was recorded on the Musée des Arts décoratifs, which is a part of the long-lasting Louvre Palace.
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And within the wake of the robots’ surprising break up after 28 years, it appears Daft Punk’s destiny mirrors the album’s thematic ideas.
“It is technicolor, and on the identical time it is about dying and getting old,” Mars mentioned of Alpha Zulu.
Elsewhere within the interview, Mars and Laurent “Branco” Brancowitz, Phoenix’s lead guitarist, mentioned the epic Daft Punk cameo throughout their encore at Madison Sq. Backyard in 2010, after they introduced out the duo to carry out “More durable, Higher, Sooner, Stronger.”
“It’s enjoyable to see the set record after which to see ‘More durable, Higher, Sooner, Stronger,’ ‘1901.’ That was a very enjoyable reminiscence,” Mars recalled. “And to maintain the key was additionally actually enjoyable. We needed to pull out massive drapes in order that the employees of the Madison Sq. Backyard wouldn’t see them as a result of they needed to rehearse as robots to ensure they might see what they had been enjoying. We stored it a secret even from folks within the crew or from people who work for us as a result of they’re going to inform all of the report firms that tonight one thing particular goes to occur after which it’s going to leak. So we stored it secret and that was actually enjoyable.”
Alpha Zulu is due out on Friday, November 4th.