Latch by Disclosure ft. Sam Smith
‘Latch’ suggestively highlights the importance of our connections, creating a symbolic lock to the person we have chosen to be our friend or partner. The song released by the house duo Disclosure is an attractive mixture of jazz and house rhythm. Created in 2012, ‘Latch’ became popular in 2014, featuring the vocal performance of Sam Smith.
In a private room, in the elevator or during a party, love is the link uniting people, dreaming and feverishly waiting for the moment of an embrace and a kiss. It starts as a personal vision of every character of what it should feel like, such as a shy hand touch, being fulfilled through getting closer, as one of the lyrics suggest.
The scenario of the video includes three different stories, successively presented at the beginning of the video: a teenage couple, a mature heterosexual couple and a same-sex couple. The locations are also different: the teenagers enter an elevator, the mature couple is in room, while the same-sex couple party, without having any idea that each of them will find her match.
Love can occur by hazard, it’s essential the result: a hand touch, a whisper or a kiss. Once a couple is united, time stops during a kiss and rain might gently cover their embrace as in the case of the teenage couple in the elevator.
‘Latch’ was officially released in October 2012, as the lead single of Disclosure’s debut album, named ‘Settle’. It was just only in 2014, when the version including Sam Smith, managed to become popular worldwide.
The video accompanying the song was released also in October 2012, being directed by Ross McDowell and Ben Murray, better known as Bullion Collective, a British small company focusing on the promotion of newcomers in music industries. Ross McDowell and Ben Murray were also responsible for the videos of Katy B (‘Crying for No Reason’), Connan Mockasin (‘I’m the Man, that Will Find’) or Joel Compass (‘Forgive Me’).
The video of ‘Latch’ represents few couples in tender embracing and kissing, as a mark of love, either it’s heterosexual or between same-sex partners. Love, according to the British duo, is the strongest ‘latch’, since it doesn’t require social acceptance or any type of justification. There is no coincidence that the end of the video focuses on the same-sex couple’s kiss, since love shouldn’t be discriminated.