Yesterday, we reported that Disclosure had finally released the information for their second album, going by the name CARACAL. The album will be released on September 24th, and feature names like Kwabs, Nao, Gregory Porter, Lion Babe, and more. The announcement solidified that Disclosure was looking to take over again, but now it seems fellow UK producer SBTRKT and his art director are not happy about the cover and album theme.
Disclosure's own Howard Lawrence explained this about CARACAL: “An incredible cat that I became fascinated with while on tour last year. I just love the way they look, their physical capabilities and their anonymity. 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.”
According to SBTRKT and his art director A Hidden Place, they feel this is all too close to the cover of Wonder Where We Land. That album features some sort of similar four-pawed creature, also in the wild cat family. Disclosure has ran with this theme lately, naming their festival and events Wild Life and now taking the animal inspiration to the limit with the album.
SBTRKT accuses them of Wild Life being too close to the concept of his song "Wildfire," and that they jumped from mask theme to jungle and animal theme like he did on his first two albums. SBTRKT has been known for wearing a mask for years now, something that Disclosure used with their white face templates that became essential to the group's branding
No comment from Disclosure yet, but you can read the full series of Tweets below and decide for yourself. We've included all four images in question, so take a look and see if Disclosure really has been ripping off or seeking too much inspiration from SBTRKT and his team.
Disclosure's Second Album Cover:
SBTRKT's Second Album Cover
Disclosure's First Album Cover:SBTRKT's First Album Cover: