Daft Punk spend a night in a museum in their melancholy new video for “Instant Crush,” where star-crossed lovers kept apart by circumstance finally come together in a tragic end.
The clip features Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas singing alone in a room with a two-level platform, alternating with scenes of wax figures on display in a museum. A new figure of a 18th-century soldier is wheeled in, and placed in an exhibit among others including a deep sea diver, an Eskimo, a medieval knight and, as luck would have it, a milk maid. Sparks are as obvious as they could be between two inanimate objects, but not as obvious as the sparks that hasten them to their end after both figures are eventually moved into storage in a warehouse that includes a pair of familiar-looking helmets among the other dusty treasures. The way the two figures end their existence is enough to make you melt, literally.
“Instant Crush” comes from Daft Punk’s May release Random Access Memories, which also spawned the summer jam “Get Lucky,” featuring Nile Rodgers of Chic and Pharrell Williams. The album, their fourth, was Daft Punk’s first new studio release since Human After All in 2005, though they also composed the score for the 2010 movie Tron: Legacy.