Disclosure have revealed the music video for “Holding On,” the soulful first single off the Lawrence brothers’ upcoming new album Caracal. The Ryan Hope-directed video is the first chapter in what will be a four-part saga built around tracks from the dance duo’s new LP.
In the video, we’re introduced to Mariela, an inked-up Mexico City medium. Over the course of one night, we follow her as she speaks to the dead and parties hard in a futuristic and militarized version of the Mexican city. At some point, a relative of Mariela recruits her for a mission – the details of which will be made clear in later videos – and after being tattooed with the Caracal album art, Mariela discovers she now has telekinetic powers. Police discover her new abilities and pursue her in a car chase, with the video ending with a “To Be Continued.”
“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,” Disclosure said in a statement. “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!”
Caracal, the follow-up to Disclosure’s breakthrough debut Settle, arrives on September 25th and features guest vocals from Porter, Nao, Lion Babe and Kwabs. The duo’s Howard Lawrence previously explained the meaning behind the title. “A caracal is an incredible wild cat that I became fascinated with while on tour last year. I just love the way they look, their physical capabilities and their anonymity,” Lawrence said. “It felt like a perfect fit for our WILD LIFE brand too, so the caracal made perfect sense as the lead visual for the new album and over the course of recording, it also felt like a natural title for the new record too.”