Throwback Thursday: Daft Punk – “Digital Love”
As I’ve indicated in previous posts, there are no rules when it comes to what should be considered “deep” or “poignant.”
Sad songs don’t have to be slow nor do they have to be sung by scruffy Caucasian guitarists. In fact, a sad song can come in the form of an EDM bop performed by two French DJs who generally hide their identities.
“Digital Love” is the third single from Daft Punk’s second LP, Discovery. Based on a sample of George Duke’s “I Love You More,” the song is the kind of funk/EDM fusion for which Daft Punk is known and loved.
However, this one hits a little different. The lyrics (written by DJ Sneak) describe a dream where the dreamer dances with a long-sought-after love interest. All seems to be going well, and then in an instant, the dream ends.
The tempo of “Digital Love” is such that one would be inclined to dance before anything else — and you wouldn’t be wrong in doing so. However, something about this song puts me firmly in my feelings. No Drake.
There is a yearning that can be felt in its lyrics, its Auto-Tuned vocals, and its melody. From the disappointment of a beautiful dream cut short to the hope that said dream becomes reality, it tugs at heartstrings in a special way.
If you spend your life looking to Adele-types for poignancy, you will miss out on all the feelings you can feel through a song like “Digital Love.” Click play.