Nearly three years after the release of “Latch,” UK garage-deep house revivalists Disclosure and British soul singer Sam Smith have partnered up once again for a single off the former’s upcoming record Caracal due out September 25 via Island Records.
The new single “Omen” contains the same push-pull combination of vocals and production as its predecessor. It gets off to a slow, pulsating start with Smith’s soft tenor before it progresses to the chorus containing lush, layered harmonies and returns to being reserved.
To accompany the release of the track was a music video, which is the second part in a Ryan Hope-directed dystopian trilogy to promote the release of the album.
Overall, “Omen” doesn’t contain the same explosive energy of “Latch” nor does it contain the same memorable chorus that contributed to house music’s return back to mainstream radio. Although the single does place a heavier focus on the actual songwriting, the track feels more like a set-up for the greater songs off the record. When utilizing one of 2015’s most buzzed about vocalists; that should simply not be the case.