I have to start this news piece with a bit of a confession. I never really ‘got’ Oh Wonder.
I was hugely impressed with their entire campaign around their 2015 debut, and the way they went about getting it out there deserves to be recognised, but they weren’t really for me. This is clearly shown by the fact that if you search for them on the site you’ll only find one result – a live review by Breaking More Waves, Robin Seamer.
But now they’re back – and evidently, with a track that I rather like. ‘Ultralife’ is the summer anthem you’ve most certainly been waiting for. Synth-heavy and optimistic, Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West make it impossible not to dance along with this number. Give it a listen, and read the press release below for more info.
When we last heard from Londoners Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, they were capping an incredible year with a sold-out show at London’s Roundhouse. In the space of fourteen months, they went from tentatively playing a first live show at London’s ICA to touring the world, playing shows across Latin America, Australia, Russia and Asia, and repeat UK, Europe, US and Canada tours to ever increasing rooms. It culminated in 162 shows in 112 cities, with a mighty 83,000 tickets sold. A connection.
Oh Wonder began as a writing project, where the duo set out to write, record and release one song every month for a year, hoping to inevitably pitch the songs to other artists. However the tracks were being listened to in their hundreds of thousands, and then into their multi-millions; now their first album is fast approaching half a billion streams. Anthony and Josephine’s side project had inadvertently morphed into an internationally touring band; a happy accident indeed.
‘Ultralife’ is the sound of a new confidence seeping into the pair’s songwriting. It is muscular in its delivery, celebratory in its message, and plays with a dizzying array of textures and sounds, but without losing the essence of what makes Oh Wonder so special.
Oh Wonder head to the US in April to play a series of West Coast shows around their two slots at Coachella. They return to the US in May for six further dates ahead of a summer of festival performances across the UK/Europe.