If Disclosure was on the verge of conquering the electronic world with its 2013 debut “Settle,” the UK duo comprised of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence have graduated to full-fledged superstardom with the brand new “Caracal” album and tour. Besides boasting blockbuster guests Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Lorde, Miguel and many more in the studio, the subsequent live show is the pair’s grandest spectacle to date, filling up Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom as far as the eye could see.
Given the group’s penchant for blurring so many boundaries and delighting the senses from start to finish, chances are these relative newcomers will continue to be major concert attractions in electro circles or otherwise well beyond this current chart reign.
In fact, the thousands of fans who came could’ve easily kept their shades on when met with a barrage of light beams, strobes and synchronized projections, though even more important were the massive beats produced by the two DJs/multi-instrumentalists raised high above it all on blinged-out platforms. Though Disclosure had loads of new material to display, the 90 minute set list offered a fairly even split between both albums, from earlier tunes “White Noise,” “You & Me” and “Latch” (a natural finale) to the fresher “Superego,” “Nocturnal” and “Holding On.”
No matter the era, the guys played live drums, guitars, bass and keys, criss-crossing house and synthpop-flavored instrumentals with several pre-recorded vocal tracks featuring the artists who helped make them famous. Even if most of the singers didn’t appear in the flesh until closer to the end, it made little difference in this virtual club of non-stop dancing that resembled a good old fashioned rave and made an average Thursday night literally seem like New Year’s Eve.
Besides bringing the festivities, much of Disclosure’s appeal stems from its ability to create some of the catchiest but most sophisticated productions in the EDM, pop and soul scenes, which only seemed to escalate as the evening reached the neo soul apex “Hourglass” (with a real life Lion Babe) and the R&B grooves “Moving Mountains” (featuring Brendan Reilly). Given the group’s penchant for blurring so many boundaries and delighting the senses from start to finish, chances are these relative newcomers will continue to be major concert attractions in electro circles or otherwise well beyond this current chart reign.
For another major EDM fix, check out React Presents’ Freaky Deaky starring Bassnectar, 2 Chainz, Armin van Buuren, Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights, Carnage and many more from Friday, October 30-Sunday, November 1 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. For additional details, visit freakydeakyhalloween.com and reactpresents.com.