I've been listening to Daft Punk's latest album (it's streaming on iTunes for free right now, released next week), which is really quite good. I think it's my favorite of theirs. I noticed it was far less ELECTRONIC and very acoustic with electronic touches instead.
I'm not the biggest fan of them, so I don't really keep up with them, therefore I found this bit in an article/review in (I know, forgive me father for I have sinned) the Telegraph interesting:
French duo, Thomas Bangalter, 38, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, 39, are among the prime architects of the Nineties techno-electro-club-pop sound that has belatedly colonised American pop. Yet the duo themselves appear unimpressed. Bangalter recently commented that “computers are not really music instruments” and it is “too easy to make the same music you hear on the radio”. Concentrating on movie soundtracks and live sets, Daft Punk haven’t released an original studio album in seven years.
I know after Tron: Legacy they commented on how they'd realized the orchestra had been around for hundreds of years while electronics just come and go with the latest technology. I didn't think the experience had affected them so much that their next album would be such a shift away from electronics as the centerpiece to more texture.
The quote is also very interesting, because when they first started on Tron: Legacy, Disney made them work with RCP. But that collaboration seems to have been a brief "trial run". They went with their own synths and sounds for the project and decided to collaborate with the likes of Joe Trapanese over Hans Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams (to Disney's dismay). So again, color me impressed. They've been true to their words from the beginning. (Source)
Good to see some positive impact from our little corner of the music world.