They also had live dates scheduled in places like London, Paris, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and New York City sell out before the album's arrival and before ever performing publicly. After 10 minutes we ran back in to show him what we had written for him, and it was a deeply moving moment for us all. It was a beautiful moment to connect with two amazing people from the other side of the world through our music, and we actually used a slice of his brain tumour that he had photographed himself through a microscope as the artwork for this song. Midnight Moon This is the only song on the album that we didn't write in its total and complete form. The Rain Love is a dangerously exciting emotion. With instrumentation including analog synths and actual bass, drums, and strings, the self-produced Ultralife arrived in mid-2017.
It was the second song we ever wrote, and was the impetus behind deciding to actually pursue Oh Wonder and release the few songs we had. It's an album of pertinent issues wrapping in top-pop gloss. The duo's self-titled record is out today, and you can stream it below. . On our last night he took us to his friend's 24-hour house party, replete with hotel slippers, sunglasses chains and fresh coconuts. You have to give over all of yourself to someone to truly love them; love is something you can't do half-heartedly. Heart Hope This track encapsulates what this record is about at its core.
We live in a relentlessly and rapidly expanding capitalist society, where the focus is on money, technology, gentrification, social media and self-progression. Believing in yourself, whilst also working towards something bigger than yourself, is one answer to solving the world's problems. Dazzle We adore the sarcastic and subtly intrusive nature of journalist Louis Theroux's interview style, and love watching his documentaries. It examines the importance of being someone's 'livewire', their strength and energy. All We Do It was the eve of New Year's Eve and we were in Anthony's parents house ruminating on the idea of New Year's resolutions and the yearly opportunity to examine your life and re-define your goals and aspirations.
In the meantime, the band became an online viral sensation, garnering millions of streams; received high-profile radio play at home; and was signed to. Titled Oh Wonder, it was issued in early September 2015. Usually we write at a piano, and compose the whole song with just basic chords so we know that it translates emotionally in its barest and simplest state. White Blood Cancer is something that sadly affects all of us in some way - we all know someone that has gone through it. What came out was this Frank Ocean-inspired tune that examines the listless waiting around for your lover to come home. We've gotta be there for each other. We watched Louis Theroux: Gambling in Las Vegas and were saddened to see portraits of locals who are totally consumed by the slot machines, and have lost millions of dollars.
This song reasserts the importance of being there for someone, and being someone's positive force. Neither of us had had any experience with electronic production, and we made this tune in a day on a laptop in Josephine's living room, cutting up drum samples and experimenting. Steven was undergoing treatment for a brain tumour that he had discovered himself, and our music had been helping him through his journey. The debut went on to chart in the U. We're so glad we finally found the time to put it out! It's out today 4 September , and to celebrate its long-awaited release, - Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West - have delved into the innards of their album, explaining the influences and its creation. Plans We both live in London, and are used to the majority of our friends living in dingy, basement flats with no natural light and paying through the nose for the privilege. We used white blood as a metaphor for protection, in reference to our bodies' white blood cells which fight off infection.
What is actually more important than all of this, is building communities, creating an environment of love and support and looking at the bigger picture beyond our own limited views - what we termed 'heart hope'. Human relationships are more important than ever in today's society where more and more people are experiencing depression and isolation. We love that Josephine's brother is playing saxophone on it! Ultimately we are all under the same stars, and all in a state of unknowing, but we can help each other get to where we want to be. It's a crazy prospect that another human can be the cause of your downfall and emptiness, but taking those risks and loving with every inch of your being can be worth it. Advertisement Body Gold This was the first track we wrote and produced together.
Technicolour Beat A couple of years ago we went to Melbourne, Australia to hang out with Anthony's brother. Keep an eye on over the next week or so for an exciting Oh Wonder-shaped opportunity. The follow-up, their first to be conceived as an album, was heavily influenced by the relative isolation of traveling the world on tour. You just gotta dream big and have faith. We waited a year and a half before we decided to actually release it, because neither of us had the headspace to entertain embarking on another project.
Everyone goes through dark days, and we all occasionally need a helping hand from someone to pull us back into the beauty of life. It's a deeply sad song that is trying to justify why you've left someone, but we disguised it in uplifting pop production and glorious strings to balance out the sorrow. Topics like gambling addiction, youthful ambition, traumatic heartache, battles with cancer, and more are explored within their hooky singles, and despite the heavy subject matter, Oh Wonder don't wallow - they seek hope. We ran down to the studio and wrote this song as a way of comforting him - and indeed for anyone that has gone through something difficult. Beginning in September 2014, they set out to write, record, and release one song a month for a year, culminating in their D. Landslide This song poured out of us in minutes after we heard that Josephine's brother had broken up with his girlfriend. .
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