Disclosure, Claude Vonstroke, Pomo | Navy Pier, Festival Hall | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Aitken Jolly

Disclosure, Claude Vonstroke, Pomo 

When: Thu., Oct. 15, 6 p.m. 2015
Price: $36.50
Soon after Disclosure released their first single, 2010’s “Offline Dexterity,” the promising UK electronic-­music duo were grouped with myriad similar underground acts all lazily called “dubstep”—Mount Kimbie, Joy Orbison, Zomby, Scuba, SBTRKT, et cetera. Since then Disclosure have grown into the most popular and successful act to emerge from that turn-of-the-decade creative heyday. Their 2013 album, Settle, went platinum, landing on many year-end top-ten lists, and spawned the massive single “Latch”—which also launched the solo career of R&B singer Sam Smith, who’s featured on the track. (Not bad for two brothers from Surrey, the younger of whom just turned 21.) Like the full-length debuts of Basement Jaxx and Daft Punk, to whom Disclosure are sometimes compared, Settle brought electronic music from bygone eras (in this case two-step, garage house, and broken beat) into a contemporary setting, using current production techniques and adding relatively pop-friendly vocalists. Their follow-up, last month’s Caracal, isn’t as effervescent or immediate, but it’s just as immaculately constructed, and its cocktail of subgenres is just as intoxicating. The music is also moodier, cleaner, and more subtle, which might explain why critics have leveled knee-jerk accusations of blandness at Caracal instead of recognizing that it’s actually more sophisticated and refined than Settle (albeit harder to absorb). Onstage, Disclosure’s appeal is immediate, and if you can hear it, you should expect to dance your ass off.
— Tal Rosenberg



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