When London duo Oh Wonder started out, they set themselves the unenviable task of putting out a brand new song every month, each track setting a higher bar for the next effort. They managed it, hogging millions of Soundcloud plays for themselves before releasing a self-titled debut album in 2015. Once that came out, touring requirements called, with Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West having to put a stop to their monthly track releases.
On brand new, self-produced track ‘Ultralife’, it sounds like by ditching the monthly output, they’ve been bottling up their creative strength. The song follows a similar template to their early work – chiming keys, a sharp melodic touch – but each aspect has been tweaked to new highs. Throw in some tub-thumping percussion and the kind of ubiquitous chorus Coldplay’s Chris Martin will be kicking himself for not writing, and its arrival couldn’t be timed better, landing just before festival season.
The pair begin a West Coast tour this month (April 12), with festival slots scheduled at Coachella (April 14, 21), Boston Calling (May 27), Sziget (August 9-16), Pukkelpop (August 16-19) and Reading & Leeds (August 25-27).