The film, which premiered at the 2023 Venice Film Festival, released today, February 7th. Ed Banger Records has made Bangalter’s soundtrack available both digitally and on 10″ vinyl.
The release features the titular track of Bangalter’s score as well as “ÂGE RÉEL,” which functions as an extended version. Bangalter’s quirky flamenco guitar riffs mirror the absurdist nature of Daaaaaalí!.
Daaaaaalí! was directed by Quentin Dupieux, a longtime friend of Bangalter who moonlights as the renowned electronic music producer Mr. Oizo. The Daft Punk legend even made a brief unmasked appearance in a scene from 2014’s Reality, which Dupieux directed.
“Releasing this soundtrack with two of my all-time favourite artists felt like a natural and obvious choice!” said Ed Banger Records founder Pedro Winter. “Since ‘Steak’ in 2007, Ed Banger Records has released most of Quentin Dupieux’s original soundtracks. When he told me he wanted to involve Thomas Bangalter in his project Daaaaaalí!, I knew it would become something special.”
“Both Thomas and Quentin had a pretty clear idea of how the music could and should become a character in the film,” Winter continued. “Stepping out of his comfort zone, Thomas used only an ancient zither and recorded it in his Parisian studio. He delivered this repetitive theme from the 1930s that gets directly into your head and perfectly aligns with the surreal vision of this brilliant director. This record celebrates the golden age of music and cinema, with the director and composers all sharing a love for classic and timeless film scores.”
Featuring several actors depicting Dalí, the surrealist comedy film follows a French journalist who meets the legendary artist while working on an ill-fated documentary. Check out the official trailer below.