Song is first from new anniversary album
After announcing the expanded anniversary edition of their iconic last album Random Access Memories 10th Anniversary Edition, Daft Punk is now dropping the first song from this upcoming release called “The Writing of Fragments of Time.”
The lyrics for the track were written and recorded with longtime Daft Punk friend and collaborator Todd Edwards (who first worked with the band on “Face To Face” from their Discovery album in 2001). At the legendary Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles on February 29, 2012 a tape ran for the full session, capturing the entire creative journey behind the making of the track and we hear some of these intimate moments of creation between Thomas Bangalter and Todd Edwards in “The Writing of Fragments of Time.”
Upon its release in 2013 the original track, “Fragments of Time,” captured an element of the origins of the collaboration with the story of how Todd Edwards went to California to record with Daft Punk. Ten years later “The Writing of Fragments of Time” goes deeper in showcasing the making of this beloved song and highlighting a moment of Daft Punk’s creative process like never before through human voices.
Edited for this anniversary edition by Daft Punk sound engineer Florian Lagatta, “The Writing of Fragments of Time” is a documentary track that nods back to the Random Access Memories album track Giorgio by Moroder, in which the iconic Giorgio Moroder discusses his own creative process and come up. This newest behind the scenes track glimpses the actual humans at work with all their doubts, excitement and first draft imperfections.
The lyrics written that day were from the perspective of the collaborators’ future selves speculating how they would feel in the future as if remembering this specific creative moment thereby creating a narrative of future nostalgia. Listening to the lyrics ten years later along with the creative process behind them offers listeners the feeling of mirrored reflections in an infinity loop lending to an existential foresight as if creating a sonic time capsule.
Last month, the iconic electronic duo announced that the anniversary edition will be available on May 12th featuring an additional 35 minutes of unreleased music across nine tracks. Daft Punk pulls the curtain back to reveal some intimate moments of the creative process from the making of the celebrated 2013 pivotal album.