REVIEW: Disclosure at ‘Listen Out’ Sydney
In an Australian music climate dominated by oversaturated line-ups, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the opening leg of 'Listen Out' a refreshing new take on the music scene was one of the most anticipated nights of this year's festival circuit.
Just after sunset with blue lights beaming across Sydney's Centennial Park, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, of UK dance duo Disclosure, took to the Atari Stage, accompanied by a 10-ft diamond-shape LCD display illuminated with graphics.
The group’s signature face outlines, complete with interactive lips, lit up the stage as Howard took his position behind a mini controller and microphone, and Guy set up behind a laptop and percussion rack.
"Sydney, how we doin'? You look amazing tonight,” Guy greeted the audience. “We are Disclosure from the UK. It's nice to be back."
Opening track, 'F for You,' one of the most catchy singles from their debut LP 'Settle,' kicked the dance floor alight from the get-go, with Howard, 19, on live bass and vocals.
The duo then worked their way into fan-favourite 'When A Fire Starts To Burn' – a pounding mix which samples hypnotic lyrics by Eric Thomas.
Deep-house jam 'Defeated No More' (featuring Ed Macfarlane from Friendly Fires), was also a crowd pleaser, with its organ riffs, broiling hi-hats and woozy synths sending the audience bouncing.
The night hit its peak when Aluna Francis, dressed in an all-black leather look, joined the duo on stage to perform ‘White Noise’ – a breakout single for both UK artists – enrapturing the crowd with her brand of RnB tinged electro-pop and powerhouse vocals.
Disclosure's most loved track, 'Latch' - which hit No.1 in the UK - was a fitting climax for the show, with its cresending synths and wobbling bass leaving the audience – and us – begging for more.
As the crowd sung along word-for-word, track-by-track, one thing was obvious: the amount of love for these two is infectious.
Stay tuned to MTV.com.au for our exclusive interview with Disclosure later this week.
Listen Out will head to Melbourne and Brisbane this weekend – snap up tickets via OzTix.