With soulful grooves, easy harmonies, and elements of R&B, alt pop, and electronica, it is tempting to immediately compare Oh Wonder to other popular inter-gender duos. Trust me, it will serve you to resist comparisons. There is nothing typical about this London-based twosome. From their method of writing, to their philosophy on teamwork, to their interaction with fans, Oh Wonder isn’t following the prescribed footsteps of fame. In 2014, Oh Wonder set out to write, record, and release one song per month for a year. At the end of that year Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West released their self-titled album and embarked on a world tour. In the first few sentences of their biography, Vander Gucht states, “We’re dependent on one another… there are things we want to achieve, and we can help each other get there.” Shucking ego, Vander Gucht and West have been able to mix their styles together seamlessly.
This playful and refreshing humility is extended not only towards eachother, but also towards their fans. “Since we don’t love talking about ourselves, we wanted to turn the tables and become the interviewers. At every gig, we’re going to be interviewing one person from the audience… If you’ve got a story you’d love to share with us-we’d love to hear from you.” This approach, coupled with an immaculately crafted debut album, has earned Oh Wonder a legion of die hard fans all over the world in a mere two and half years. Perhaps part of the key to their success is that they started off writing music for the sake of fun and collaboration. The songs that they wrote during this time went unplayed for over a year until they decided to release the songs on Soundcloud. The rest is history. »
– Stephanie Scelza
Catch Oh Wonder live in Portland January 17 at Wonder Ballroom