UK’s dance duo Disclosure picks up pace in “Settle”
Not only with it being nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at this year’s Grammy awards, but they had a full-on touring schedule to accompany their new tracks..
The UK dance duo is composed of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, and has been lauded heavily by such magazines as Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. When you listen to the album, it is easy to see why.
Settle begins with a hypnotic, space-age beat, with a monologue about how people love, watching fire burn, which sets up the overarching tone of the album. It begins slow, and gains energy, like progressive dance should. “When a Fire Starts to Burn,” the next track, picks up in speed as the monologue continues, and you get that sensation in the music of when a fire starts to burn. Now the album is gaining traction.
“Latch,” gives us a smoother sound, more of a ballad than a dance song. The tone evens out into a dreamy synth sequence. “White Noise” is a track featuring the vocals of AlunaGeorge. It’s a bubble-gum dance-pop hybrid that which is oddly catchy. Yet another departure in tone for a band that keeps the listener guessing. Another song that should be pointed out is “Voices”, featuring Sasha Keable. It is a soulful piece of self reflection. The stunning vocals paired with the thoughtful hook draw the listener in. It will keep you thoughts, and your feet moving.
Overall, it’s plain to see why this group has garnered so much positive attention. Even if you don’t care for their style of music, you can’t help but admit that it’s catchy. The title of the album is ironic, because when you’re listening to it, the last thing you want to do is settle down.
Review by Brian Talmey