Settle Album Review
Released: May 13, 2013
Genre: House, UK Garage, Future Garage, Deep House
For me, electronic music has always been a hard genre to comprehend. So many obscure subgenres, and yet so many derivative artists. Sometimes, the genre doesn’t need a bunch of different and arbitrary names to describes it’s sound (seriously, I had to look this up on Wikipedia to determine the subgenres), it’s just needs smart musicianship. Enter “Settle”…
Disclosure are a UK electronic duo of brothers with a knack for smooth grooves and catchy passages. They maintain good musical flow throughout their debut album, “Settle,” by incorporating innovative vocal tracks and very intelligent synth parts. Every single song on this project is worthy of fervent head-bopping, making it an insanely FUN listen. Tracks like “Defeated No More” have very ethereal and introspective keys layered on driving and galloping drum sounds.
Now, these are the kinds of jams where I can easily imagine a catwalk replete with glitter-laden models strutting seriously, and the crowd in completely engrossed in the spectacle on the stage. And bangers like “Stimulation” make the listener feel as if they are witnessing an assembly line for dancing robots, fueled by the power of funk.
The duo nearly perfectly balance atmospheric integrity and appreciation with danceability. As the familiarity of electronic music becomes familiar to the normal listener, the guest singers add a new depth into the already surreal atmosphere and dimension of the songs, really complementing the album, giving it a unique trademark and style. It’s a project that retains the familiarity of popular electronic music as well as the unpredictability of adept song composition skills.
However, this hour long affair stops short of being great when towards the end of the album, the listeners’ ears are tired of hearing the same drum beats in every song. It’s not bad, it’s just slightly on the tedious song (maybe this is because I’m not a seasoned electronic music listener…I’ll be the first to admit that). That’s why the best tracks on here are the ones that don’t completely rely on the familiar drum pattern (one of the best being “Second Chance”). The alarmingly flaccid track “Grab Her” keeps the SAME lyrics and THE SAME beat repeating over and over and over, showing almost no variety or spontaneity like the other club-banging tunes found on this album.
Despite these shortcomings, with strong vocal integration, and great production, Disclosure have made an awesome dance experience. If you’re new to any dance or electronic, look no further, “Settle” has you covered, with a record that sets itself apart from the cringe worthy dance pop tunes of today by doing something unique: putting in loads of effort. Every sample, beat, and synth chord all attest to the magical power that this record holds, and it won’t go away easily.
PRETTY NEAT MUSIC
FAV TRACKS: When A Fire Starts To Burn, Latch (feat. Sam Smith), F For You, White Noise (feat. Aluna George), Defeated No More (feat. Edward MacFarlane), Voices (feat. Sasha Keable), You & Me (feat. Eliza Doolittle), Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar)
LEAST FAV TRACK: Grab Her!