British duo OH WONDER will again hit the stage of Club Hollywood in Tallinn.
Ask, believe, receive: in the early days of Oh Wonder, Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West would religiously transcribe their goals for the project, hoping to visualise them into existence. “I found the notebooks recently,” Josephine chuckles today, sat in the kitchen of their South London home. “It was like: get played on Radio 1, have 100,000 YouTube views, and shift 200 EPs.” Five years, over two billion streams, 300,000 global headline tickets and more than a million record sales down the line, Oh Wonder long surpassed those modest ambitions.
Anthony and Josephine's paths first crossed when they were solo artists, both playing pubs and small clubs up and down the UK. By chance, Anthony was in the audience for one of Josephine's gigs, and within a year he was enlisted as a producer and co-writer for her solo material. It was whilst working together that they wrote 'Body Gold' and conceived Oh Wonder as a recording project to showcase their songwriting. From there, the duo set themselves the challenge of sharing a track a month via SoundCloud, an original and innovative method to share new music that turned out to be impressively ahead of its time and has since been adopted frequently by many other artists across the globe. "Body Gold" was their first upload, in September 2014, and within three days it had amassed over 100,000 streams. Oh Wonder’s eponymous debut arrived a year later, shortly followed by their first live show at London’s ICA. Since then they have toured across the globe.
Plunged into a life of near-incessant touring, there was no choice but to write the follow-up on the road. Today, Anthony recalls “shoehorning” recording sessions into snatched moments during one particularly frenetic six-week touring stint. Eventually released in July 2017, "Ultralife" reflects that period of mild mania. The record took the duo round the world once more, from the palm-fringed deserts of California for a triumphant show at Coachella, to the forests of Indonesia, where they headlined Java’s LaLaLa International Festival.
Band's new studio album "No One Else Can Wear Your Crown" was written and self-produced in Oh Wonder’s own home studio (before being co-mixed with Cenzo Townshend (Bat For Lashes, Christine & The Queens, Jungle)). In its 10-track entirety, it’s a record that explores a host of different emotions and experiences – some forged on the road on their last world tour and others from taking a break and reflecting on all that they’ve accomplished as a band so far. It’s therefore unsurprising that "No One Else Can Wear Your Crown" has an overriding message of self-acceptance, empowerment and joy. It’s there in the Carpe Diem chorus of first single "Hallelujah" – a song of defiance that Josephine and Anthony wrote for anyone that has ever been told they can't do something. This energy and refreshing positivity is the product of some well-earned time off (they’ve designed and built their own house and studio, they’ve run marathons together) and throughout their new album, Oh Wonder prove themselves a band able to capture those extreme highs and lows of daily life. Elsewhere on the record, Oh Wonder put modern, millennial love under the microscope (their own working and romantic relationship included).