Oh Wonder #4 - Landslide


I've been crap at posting the last few Oh Wonder tracks on here, frankly they hardly need my few hits and I've been focusing on smaller artists you may not of heard before but I cannot help myself with a belated visit to their latest tracks "Landslide" and “White Blood”.

The duo Anthony & Josephine, since signed to Universal, will release the twelve tracks we’ve been treated to monthly since September 2014 (of course, there's still one to come) and a few extra bonuses on their fifteen track debut, self-titled album on September 4th (pre-order on vinyl / CD / Digital).

“Landslide” epitomises their blend of luscious, melodic pop, filled with enticing dual vocals that both melt and heal broken hearts amongst sparkling, minimal instrumentation, if you could pick a song to define achingly pretty this would be a front-runner. Last month’s track "White Blood" is their most personal and moving yet, a devastating piano ballad written to help you deal with those difficult moments, it’s guaranteed to make you feel a little better inside. Pure, genuine and ever, ever so gorgeous.

A small November European tour cumulates with a date at London’s Village Underground on November 24th – full dates over at Oh Wonder’s official site.

Oh Wonder #3 - Lose It


The first time I talked about Oh Wonder back in October I said that the female vocal behind the then unnamed duo had a warm, honey-toned voice much akin to Emily Wood's (it must be about time for some more music?!) or Layla's. Well low and behold that was because it was Layla (or Josephine, whom now sits firmly alongside Anthony West in their debut press shot). Amateur detective skills aside it matters little of course, still it's always nice to have a face to a name/voice and as the duo have amassed  some three and a half million plays on their soundcloud page, it kinda makes sense for them to lift the secrecy and market themselves.

They continue to post one new track a month, now up to six with the horn-laden thrill of "Lose It", swelling from the sparse keyboard twinkles and ambient synth effects that has been the signature of much of Josephine's/Layla's previous output to an almost boogie impulsive chorus. I also missed "The Rain", a lovelorn ballad that sits sends hearts aflutter with its devastatingly pretty textures full of softly, wistful beauty. Oh Wonder continue to prove themselves as one the most intriguing new bands of 2015. Long may it continue.

Oh Wonder #2 - All We Do


Welcome December. I'm sure you've all seen the BBC Sound of 2015 list already (yay to Shura and Rae Morris, both whom first featured here back in 2011!). Tomorrow on a smaller scale, the Blog Sound of 2015 list follows (the latter, which this little blog was part of) and then the day after, I'll start posting my own tips (this year there is actually an artist that features in all three).

List season is in full swing. Some people love it, some people hate it. Me well, I've always been a statto so I have to say it's one of my favourite times of the year. However you want to look at 'tips/best of' lists, they are a pretty succinct way of discovering lots of new talent whatever sort of music you like..

One band who are perhaps too new to feature on these lists (often compiled months before the end of the year) are the duo Oh Wonder (formerly Wonder Wonder) who released their new song (part of their twelve month, one song a month project) "All We Do" earlier today. It's simply gorgeous. A subtle, bewitching beauty that puts you under its spell with little more than twinkling piano keys, later joined by sparse beats and the duo's pared vocals, softening, hushed voices that compliment each over to perfection and wrap the listening in a warm, blissful layer of wonder. Their name certainly seems apt.