Disclosure Points EDM Back to the Future
By Scott T. Sterling
When UK house revivalists Disclosure took to the expansive outdoor stage on the final night of Coachella 2014, siblings Guy and Howard Lawrence were given a hero’s welcome from the capacity crowd that stretched deep into the festival grounds.
Launching into the song “When a Fire Starts to Burn” from the duo’s GRAMMY-nominated debut album, Settle, Howard Lawrence played a live bass line over the ceaseless 4/4 beat while his brother Guy triggered the song’s vocal samples of former NFL player turned motivational speaker Eric Thomas in real-time. Shifting into the stuttering 2-step rhythm of “You and Me,” Guy added live drums from an electronic percussion kit into the mix.
With a rotating cast of guest vocalists including Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith and Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge, Disclosure’s hour-long set was a visceral, live performance that ranked among Coachella 2014’s most talked-about and well-received sets. It’s a rare distinction to be invited to perform at festival two years in a row, but rarer still can a band sum up both the past, present, and future of dance music in their set.