Worship Disclosure’s Snake-Handling ‘When a Fire Starts to Burn’ Video
Charismatic televangelist summons the dancefloor spirit
Dance music and the church have a longstanding bond that goes beyond the obvious fact that both can involve ecstatic communal experiences, whether directed by a DJ or a minister. Walter Gibbons, the disco mixing great who helped pioneer Chicago house, called his mid-’80s record label Jus Born because he’d become a born-again Christian. As Breaking Out sibling dance duo Disclosure prepare to release debut album Settle in their native Britain on June 3, they’ve unveiled a religious-themed video for “When a Fire Starts to Burn,” a track that not coincidentally turns from the diva-led pop of previous singles toward straight-up dancefloor propulsion. As with previous Settle video for “You & Me,” “White Noise” (one of the year’s 40 best songs so far), and “Latch,” it’s seamlessly executed, this time showing a charismatic-style TV preacher who turns his snake-handling flock on to the beat. Disclosure’s recent track-a-day pace has been a lot to take in — ugh, that Baauer remix — but when the general quality level is this high, it’s easy to keep the faith.