By Zachary Swickey
After seeing Jack White team up with Insane Clown Posse for a release, it seems no studio collab is off the table, and now French digital duo Daft Punk is the latest act to draft a peculiar collaborator. The duo are set to hit the studio with Paul Williams, the man responsible for the Muppets classic “Rainbow Connection” as well as The Carpenters “We’ve Only Just Begun.”
While we wouldn’t be surprised to see Daft Punk sample those tunes, it is strange to hear the three are working together in a songwriting capacity. Following a screening of a documentary about him (“Paul Williams Still Alive”) at SXSW in Austin, the legendary 71-year-old songwriter talked to the Hollywood Reporter about working with the duo.
“I’ve been working with Daft Punk. I’ve written a couple of tunes on their next album,” he revealed. “I feel like I don’t want to talk about the stuff that I’m doing with them, because they want a press blackout on the album until it’s out.” (We’ve noticed, unfortunately.)
“So I should basically not be talking about it at all. But I just think they’re amazingly brilliant," Williams added." The way they explore the possibilities of sound. And I’m also totally attracted to the fact that they choose to do it anonymously. I think that’s fantastic.”
Apparently, Williams even claimed the album could drop as soon as June; however, Pitchfork has already dashed that dream – with Daft Punk telling them that June just ain’t gonna happen. Unfortunately, every cool Daft Punk-related rumor over the last few years has been bunk – like that “Tron Tour” that never happened.
With the exception of the "Tron: Legacy" soundtrack, it’s been seven years since we’ve had a proper release from Daft Punk – 2005’s Human After All. Given EDM’s skyrocketing rise in the last few years, you can expect the music world to go absolutely crazy when new music actually drops.