Disclosure’s extraordinary debut album ‘Settle’ (2013) consolidated the band’s place at the forefront of a new wave of electronic music. It topped the charts, won numerous accolades and ushered in a new age that opened up dance music for the next generation of young music fans while refreshing and rejuvenating the scene for the rest.
With ‘Caracal’, their second album, they assert themselves as platinum-grade songwriters. “When you’re young you learn and progress quite quickly. The production and songwriting this time round is such a step up,” says Howard.
‘Caracal’ is a muscular and nuanced record, with a depth to it that will pin it to the canon of dance music history. It’s crunchy and gets under your skin. A proper album album, you might say. “We feel like a band now, instead of just releasing tracks for the club. We wanted to really step out with a solid body of work and tour for two years. We’re very much an album band,” says Howard.
Disclosure are still doing what they do best - taking house and giving it a massive injection of musicality - but there’s a renewed depth and skill to this latest work. “It’s not just musicality,” they say. “It’s songwriting in its classic form, songs you can play on the piano.”
How do they reflect on their success and remarkable achievements so far, such as selling 1.6million copies of 'Settle' worldwide, numerous nominations for Brit Awards, the Mercury Music Prize and the award for Best Dance Album at the Grammys as well as high profile magazine covers and top positions on best-of year lists accenting a meteoric rise which saw them soundtracking summers and becoming the most talked-about band in Britain?
“We’re still getting better and there’s no point taking a break - reflecting will come right at the end,” says Guy.