With just the sound of the wind swirling around them, Momem-Christo opens the panel, flips a switch and sets off a beeping one-minute countdown that gets louder as Bangalter walks away and then braces for self-destruction.
While a spokesperson had not returned Billboard‘s requests for comment at press time, publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed to Pitchfork that the visual represents the duo’s break-up but gave not reason for their split.
The video ends with the image of one silver and one gold hand making the shape of a triangle over the years 1993-2021 as the image of a setting sun blazes to the strains of their song “Touch” from what would be their final album, 2013’s Random Access Memories. Though they released only four full-length studio albums — 1997 debut Homework, 2001’s Discovery and 2005’s Human After All — the pair were hugely influential dance music superstars whose vibrant, uplifting music belied their cold, robot exteriors.
Among their most beloved hits are songs such as “Around the World” and “Da Funk,” as well as “One More Time,” “Robot Rock” and the No. 1 Grammy-winning 2013 smash “Get Lucky.” The pair also recorded the soundtrack album to 2010’s Tron: Legacy.
Watch the video below.