Watch part one of Disclosure’s new dystopian short film with ‘Holding On’
Disclosure further steepened anticipation for the September release of their sophomore album, Caracal, this week with the release of the music video for the album’s first single, “Holding On (feat. Gregory Porter).” Given the smooth, deep vibes of “Holding On,” this video probably has more than a few fans scratching their heads.
Director Ryan Hope takes us into futuristic, dystopian Mexico City, laden with Orwellian oppression, ubiquitous suspicion, and supernatural powers. The video — which seems more apropos to the stylings of Nero — is the first look into Disclosure’s new project: a four part short film entitled Caracal.
Disclosure said of the video:
“We wanted to create something very different with our music videos this time around, something unique that would connect all the songs from the album and the videos in a special way.
This is the first of a series of four amazing videos directed by Ryan Hope that come together to create a short film… ‘CARACAL’ so, as each music video comes out… The plot unfolds. We hope you enjoy!”
Part one of Caracal introduces the protagonist Mariela, a young woman attempting to live a normal life amidst an oppressive regime. Mariela and the reticent Andreas (who implicitly shares her powers) are tasked with fighting against their oppressors. In a symbolic gesture, she is tattooed with the ink that is their peoples’ “chance at peace.”
While we’ll have to wait until the next video to see how the trials and tribulations of Mariela and Andreas as Caracal unfold further, in the meantime, we say kudos to Disclosure for continuing the sacred art of concept film.