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Pop - Released February 7, 2020 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 4, 2015 | Oh Wonder

The eponymous debut of Oh Wonder came about in September 2014, when the songwriting team of Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht embarked on a goal to record and release a song per month for a year, culminating in a full-length album. What the duo didn't foresee was accumulating millions of digital streams of their songs in the meantime, leading to a record deal with Republic Records and sold-out future tour dates before the album was completed or they'd ever set foot on a stage. The resultant 15-track LP (including two previously unreleased tracks, "Without You" and "Plans") is a unified-sounding, thoroughly mellow, wistful collection of bedroom keyboard-and-drum-machine tunes defined most prominently by West and Vander Gucht's unison vocal delivery of each song. With a slow-grooving, R&B-infused style that's technically electronic, effectively it's more a descendant of the Everything But the Girl and Sade realm of English sophisti-pop with touches of contemporary glitch. "Shark," for example, has mechanical buzzing and echoing wind effects dotting its otherwise chill tone. "All We Do" is a simple, ultra-sparse piano piece until quietly irregular drums join in, just briefly, two-thirds through. The song gathers nearly all of its momentum from rhythmic vocals and rhymes, yet it's one of the more memorable songs on the record. The first song to be released in the project, "Body Gold," has the pair singing "Let it go, paint my body gold/Take our bodies higher and higher and higher" over gently sustained keyboard chords and hyper-erratic but spacious hi-hat, tom, and other tempered percussion voices. Like much of Oh Wonder, it's sensual and restrained but manages not to stagnate, an issue for a fraction of the songs. In this case, additional vocal tracks, sharp keyboard tones, and fuller percussion late in the song punctuate the ambling melody. The intimacy of these home recordings compounds the breathy nature of their romantic and weary, persistently longing songs, and may even be a secret weapon of sorts. Given the attention the duo received leading up to the album's arrival, it'll be interesting to see what the band does with access to outside producers and recording studios on any pursuant releases -- if they decide to make any such changes, having seemingly hit upon a solid, distinctive formula out of the gate. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Pop - Released November 29, 2019 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 16, 2017 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Pop - Released January 3, 2020 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Pop - Released November 14, 2019 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Pop - Released September 5, 2019 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Pop - Released February 7, 2020 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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No One Else Can Wear Your Crown is the third album from London-based duo Oh Wonder and follows 2017's Ultralife. Written and recorded at their home studio, the album sees the duo continue with their mix of contemporary pop and electronica. The singles "Hallelujah" and "I Wish I Never Met You" are included. ~ Rich Wilson
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Pop - Released October 4, 2019 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 14, 2017 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

The duo of singer/musician Josephine Vander Gucht and producer/musician Anthony West formed in 2014 around a song-a-month songwriting-recording challenge with a one-year commitment. Calling themselves Oh Wonder and uploading their efforts to music-sharing site SoundCloud as they went, before their 12 months were up they'd gone viral with millions of streams, sold out shows in advance of touring, and signed a record deal with Republic Records. With a debut consisting mostly of those homemade keyboard/drum machine songs, their follow-up, Ultralife, is their first to be conceived as an album, or even as a legit group. Informed by the isolation of leaving family and ties in order to travel the world on tour for over a year, its themes include the need for both connection and time alone. As for its sound, most of the album was self-recorded in un-soundproofed residential spaces (hence the subtle album-opening traffic noise), and it was entirely produced and mixed by the duo. Notably, however, it does include guest performers and more diverse instrumentation: actual bass, drums, and strings, as well as analog synths and saxophone. While the songs from their debut locked into a distinctive, sensual blend of '80s sophisti-pop and contemporary, glitchy indie electronica, here they trade sophisti-pop for pop, and seductiveness for something bolder and more uplifting, at least on the majority of tracks. Their wistful demeanor is still present on sparer tracks, like "Solo" and "My Friends," a simple keyboard ballad that emphasizes often captivating unison vocals. Those tunes are outnumbered by brighter fare, like the buoyant title track's foot-stomping drums and lush, orchestral pop arrangements. Though much of the record lies in a blander space somewhere in between, intimacy definitely takes a hit with Ultralife's expanded production, while its more radiant, rousing demeanor is likely to play well to larger venues and those seeking sunnier, or at least partly cloudy atmosphere. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Pop - Released October 11, 2019 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Pop - Released October 25, 2019 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Pop - Released September 20, 2019 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 15, 2016 | Oh Wonder

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Pop - Released February 14, 2020 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 23, 2017 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 10, 2020 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Pop - Released February 7, 2020 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 10, 2020 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Pop - Released February 14, 2020 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.