Disclosure brought the star power to their evening set at the Coachella main stage on Saturday (April 16).
"We're Disclosure, and boy, do we have some surprises for you," the British duo prefaced their show. And surprise, they did, beginning with an appearance from Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge, who came out to perform their collaboration "White Noise." Lorde came soon after, slithering through "Magnets," while Kwabs emerged for "Willing & Able." Lion Babe's Jillian Hervey literally let her hair down while putting a funky spin on "Hourglass," while Brendan Reilly white boy blues-ed his way through "Moving Mountains."
There were brief respites from the parade of guests. The pair ran through "When a Fire Starts to Burn," complete with a bass guitar and all, and "Holding On," but that wasn't the point. Disclosure is a sum of its parts, and they don't shy from it. The fact that they've kept their operation so in-house and haven't spread beats to other artists at the rate of a cash register's ch-ching is what made themselves pop stars. They're expert curators, and have consistently proven it.
Which is why the final guest of the night, Sam Smith, felt like just another tentacle of the Disclosure machine. As he sang "Omen" and "Latch," it was hard to feel like he was carrying the moment. His appearance was thrilling, yes, but Disclosure was too, and then some. They've carved a space where they've become the stars who also make the stars. Sam Smith might not be a superstar without Disclosure, but you couldn't say the same vice versa. It's a precarious place to be, the puppeteers; yet even now, two albums later, they're doing it at a steady rhythm.