Discovery is a 2001 electronic album by the famed House duo Daft Punk. Moving away from the harder Chicago-style house of their debut album, Homework, Discovery marked a shift towards a cleaner sound that was largely influenced by 70s funk, R&B, and disco, even making extensive use of sampling from these genres.
The album was later used as the soundtrack to the anime film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, directed by famed creator Leiji Matsumoto. All of the music videos of Discovery are clips of the film, which details a band of extraterrestrials who are kidnapped and brainwashed to become rock stars on Earth. Footage from the movie were adapted as promotional videos for the first four tracks, which were released consecutively as singles.
- "One More Time" - 5:20
- "Aerodynamic" - 3:27
- "Digital Love" - 4:58
- "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" - 3:45
- "Crescendolls" - 3:31
- "Nightvision" - 1:44
- "Superheroes" - 3:57
- "High Life" - 3:22
- "Something About Us" - 3:51
- "Voyager" - 3:47
- "Veridis Quo" 5:44
- "Short Circuit" 3:26
- "Face to Face" - 3:58
- "Too Long" - 10:00
Discover these tropes:
- Alliterative Title: "Face To Face".
- Animated Music Video: All of the music videos show a segment of the film Interstella 5555, which played in order of album tracklist present a unified narrative about an alien band being kidnapped and brainwashed to become rock stars on Earth.
- Canis Latinicus: "Veridis Quo" —> "Very Disco" —> (flip) —> "Discovery"
- Dance Party Ending: Inverted with "One More Time", which begins the album.One more time, we're gonna celebrate
- Double Entendre: "Too Long" seems like a self-deprecating jab at the song's ten-minute length, but the lyrics could also be interpreted as describing something else that's long...
- Dying Declaration of Love: "Something About Us". Doubly so with its use in Interstella 5555.
- Epic Rocking: The ten-minute album closer, aptly named "Too Long".
- Fading into the Next Song: Discovery has only a few noticeable song breaks throughout the entire album. (Incidentally, a remix of "Aerodynamic" on the album Daft Club, "Aerodynamic (Daft Punk Remix)", though not an example but likely meant to take this further, takes the lyrics of "One More Time" and adds them to "Aerodynamic", with the two having been examples of the previously mentioned trope originally.)
- For Doom the Bell Tolls: "Aerodynamic" begins with a set of ominous bells, and the bells come back later in the song.
- Lampshade Hanging: The longest track on the album, clocking in at exactly ten minutes, is titled "Too Long".
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to the fast-paced, pumping Chicago house style of Homework, Discovery is much more melodic and influenced by funk, disco, synthpop and 70s' pop rock.
- Limited Lyrics Song: "Harder Better Faster Stronger"Work it harder, Make it better
Do it faster, Makes us stronger
More than ever, Hour after hour
Work is never over
- Longest Song Goes Last: The album closes with "Too Long" (10:00).
- Minimalistic Cover Art: Pictured above is the album cover, a simple chrome-embossed Daft Punk logo against a black background.
- One-Word Title: Discovery, the album title, and also the tracks "Aerodynamic", "Crescendolls, "Nightvision", "Superheroes" and "Voyager".
- Portmantitle: "Crescendolls" (crescendo + dolls).
- Punny Name: Disco? Very.
- Sampling: Daft Punk makes liberal use of sampling in Discovery, mainly borrowed from 70s funk and disco, as confirmed in the album liner notes.
- Part of George Duke's "I Love You More" was sampled in "Digital Love".
- Edwin Birdsong's "Cola Bottle Baby" was sampled in "Harder Better Faster Stronger".
- The Imperials song "Can You Imagine" was sampled in "Crescendolls".
- Barry Manilow's "Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed" was sampled in "Superheroes."
- Word of God is that they were actually "fake samples" created specifically for the album. Several other songs are speculated to have been sampled and have been listed as such on several websites, but
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Nightvision", which serves as an eerie ambient interlude of sorts.