Wee Waa, New South Wales- Population 2000, AKA the ‘ Cotton Capital of Australia’….. and for the past week, the world dance music mecca. Wait what? That doesn’t sound right?
The seedy Frenchmen (I’m sorry to portray stereotypes, but I hate Frenchmen for some reason. Possibly this Tony Parker advert) announced that the sleepy town in little old Australia would be the home to its release of an album four years in the making. A little odd, right? But that’s the way they do it and that’s they way we love it.
The annual Wee Waa Farm Show this year slashed as a dance party with nearly 2000 people attending the opening and for one night, doubling the population of Wee Waa!!!
One conversation that all music lovers would have had at some stage, who is the one band/DJ/act you need to see? For me, that has always been Daft Punk. There is something about their music, stage presence and fun party atmosphere they convey, that I feel I NEED to see.
Now I am the first to admit, I am most likely not their biggest fan, know all their songs or even like all their songs, but seeing an act live is more than just about music. So chances are if DP are ever in AUS, you will see me in the middle of the dance floor making a fool of myself but having the time of my life.
Onto the album itself though, and as usual it has its lovers and its haters. The album features many collaborations, most notably the ageless Pharrell, combing with the Frenchies on hit singles ‘Get Lucky’ and ‘Lose Yourself to Dance’. The distinct disco feel, mixed with modern electronic noise, make you feel stuck in a time warp between 80s London and late noughties club nights.
After RAM was released, a quick look on my Twitter timeline (shameless plug, what of it?) saw a few complaints about the album. Many twits claimed t was boring, slower or ‘had no bangers’. Well as my resident hipster friend, Daviid, pointed out to me, the album was never going to be Discovery mk 2. From the time the duo announced that music supremeo, Nile Rodgers, was co-producing, everyone with an ear (you know, for listening) should have known RAM wasn’t going to be your average electro discography.
One thing that may have caught your average, electro loving, wannabe-hipster-but-also-mainstream club going young adult is the distinct theme of romance spread through RAM. But can you blame Thomas and Guy-Manuel, I mean they are nearly 40!! Priorities change, but sheesh they did it well.
Things I rated:
- The disco theme- I mean, who doesn’t love to move their hips to some disco? I thought Pharrell was a perfect wingman to fly with the Daft Punk boys backto the 80s to get everyone shakin’.
- When it comes to music, I love a tune that can both get me up and about ready to party, or help ease me out of a jaeger induced coma on a Sunday. Half the album I feel fits this description to a tee, namely Lose Yourself to Dance, Instant Crush and Doin’ it Right.
- I’m a softy at heart and the romance seeps out of The Game of Love and Instant Crush. Doesn’t it just give you that warm fuzzy feeling?… no?…. yeah… me either. Moving on…
- Paul Williams voice on Touch, nuff said.
- Give Your Life Back to Music- Flight Facilities take on Justice? Thumbs up!
Things I didn’t rate:
- The autotune, especially in Beyond? Little too much for me. Felt like a bad Yeezy (or Yeezus?) song from 808s and Heartbreak!
- Now I’m a 90s kid, I have zero to no concentration span. You can’t be giving me 8-9 minute songs! Sorry Touch and Giorgio by Moroder, you gotta go!
- Picking nits here, but each song was just a liiiiitle to repetitive for me. Not enough to warrant negative really, more of a slightly raised eyebrow. Like this guy!
Consider RAM the evolution in the music life of Daft Punk. I mean if you asked a 29 year old if they loved their 21st of course they are going to say yes, but would they want to throw the same party for their dirty thirty? Chances are no. In a world filled with DJ whatshisname pumping out music so close to being copyright its not funny, you have to take your hat off to the Frenchmen for taking that next step in music production and not making the same album with a different cover.
Daft Punk moved back in time to move forward with music. Taking the best of the 80s disco scene and mixing it with today’s technology to create another branch on dance music’s ever-growing tree.
They they say change is as good as a holiday, well I say this album is as good my trip overseas will hopefully be- SCHWEEET 7/10 thumbs up!
Don’t agree? Let me know, chances are you know more about music than I do, so educate me!