The eponymous debut of Oh Wonder came about in September 2014, when the songwriting team of Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht embarked on a goal to record and release a song per month for a year, culminating in a full-length album. What the duo didn’t foresee was accumulating millions of digital streams of their songs in the meantime, leading to a record deal with Republic Records and sold-out future tour dates before the album was completed or they’d ever set foot on a stage. The resultant 15-track LP (including two previously unreleased tracks, “Without You” and “Plans”) is a unified-sounding, thoroughly mellow, wistful collection of bedroom keyboard-and-drum-machine tunes defined most prominently by West and Vander Gucht’s unison vocal delivery of each song. With a slow-grooving, R&B-infused style that’s technically electronic, effectively it’s more a descendant of the Everything But the Girl and Sade realm of English sophisti-pop with touches of contemporary glitch.
Oh Wonder are one of the UK’s best-kept secrets. What started with the relatively modest ambition of uploading a track month on Soundcloud quickly transformed into two albums and two tours, more than 1.2 million global adjusted album sales and a hotly anticipated third album ‘No-one Else Can Wear Your Crown’ due for release 7th Feb 2020. First single Hallelujah is a statement of intent and will mark the start of their next chapter no longer DIY pop-stars-in-hiding.