UK duo Oh Wonder have returned in 2020 with their third studio album, released 7th February. The album is written about “being there for yourself” as Anthony West, one half of the band, puts it. It contains ten songs and follows five singles including ‘In And Out Of Love’ and ‘Hallelujah’.
Each track on the album was written and produced by the two members of Oh Wonder – Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West – in their London home studio. Their most popular song on the album is ‘Hallelujah’, which has now reached over 5 million plays on Spotify. Synth pop is still running through as a theme in the album, as with their previous works, ‘Oh Wonder’ and ‘Ultralife’. The new album, however, has more of an R&B influence as the band finds their way back to a sound they love, which they haven’t quite felt since the release of their debut album.
For all of the singles, a video was created in some form, whether it was a live recording, a story, or an art piece. Every message of the album is shown in these videos, and we even get a new insight into the relationship between Vander Gucht and West in ‘In And Out Of Love’. One-shot video for lead single ‘Hallelujah’ was released on 5th September 2019 and now has over 1 million views.
Oh Wonder met in 2010 and began writing together, releasing two singles under a different name. In 2014, they decided to release one new song every month for a year, which ended up becoming their debut album. Titled after the band’s name, the album peaked at number 26 on the UK Albums Chart and sold 1 million copies worldwide. They went on to perform around the world and release their second album ‘Ultralife’ in 2017 after signing to Island Records.
From the start, Oh Wonder have always been very independent, not only producing and recording their own work, but even designing their artwork and posters. West said in an interview with Atwood Magazine that this method was very difficult when they wrote ‘Ultralife’ due to their busy schedules, but that they feel like the new music sounds like “the band that we were meant to be”.
The next step is touring, which the band will do throughout this year. They played their first shows of 2020 last week, in their ‘Intimate UK Album Release Shows’ which continues until Friday 14th February. In March and April, the first part of their world tour begins, with the second part running from July to August. Find tickets on their website and stream the album or purchase on iTunes.