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Oh Wonder 424


About Oh Wonder

London-based writing duo Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht, originally came to light under the name “Wonder Wonder,” which they changed after posting two songs on their Soundcloud page. A band with a similar name suggested that they change their name, but the two insisted on keeping their favorite word “wonder” as a part of their stage name.

Coming together was natural. They met in 2011, when Josephine had been pursuing a solo project and Anthony was wrapped up into former alternative rock band Futures‘ world. Their songwriting kicked off soon after, and for several years they wrote songs for fun. In the midst of a trip to Amsterdam together, they conceived the idea for their collaborate project in the midst of being inspired by James Blake and Sigur Rós.

According to Anthony, they do everything together since then: “[We’re] really in tune with each other because we’ve been working together for so long.”

In September of 2014, they began releasing one song on the first of each month, which would last for an entire year. A quote by Josephine from an interview with VICE:

The whole project started as a songwriting exercise because we’d been writing together for a while and had never done anything with our songs. We wrote “Body Gold” and thought, “Hey, let’s put it out ourselves,” keep it as a side project and set ourselves a deadline every month to release another song. That way we had to write 13 songs. It wasn’t a marketing plan.

As of August 2015, the duo have racked up over 13.5 million plays on Soundcloud, and hadn’t performed live together until their first at BBC Radio 1 in the same month. Unheard of? Oh Wonder was released on September 4th, 2015, featuring all of the previous releases and several new tracks.

The duo released its sophomore album, Ultralife on July 14, 2017.