Oh Wonder are no strangers to their fair share of dance music remixes, but few people know they are musicians of the SoundCloud generation. As the joint project of Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht, they rose to fame through the platform back in 2014 when they decided to post an original song every month. Each song was written, recorded, produced, and mixed by the duo in their home studio in Southeast London. A year later, those monthly releases culminated in the release of their self-titled debut album.
Now the alt-pop duo has released the first single since their third studio album, No One Else Can Wear Your Crown. Considering how the album is still in its infancy, released only months ago on Island Records/Universal, it might seem a little premature that “Lonely Star” would even appear. However, these are anything but typical times so a left-field move is welcomed. Taking to their Instagram, Oh Wonder said that “Lonely Star” is the first song on a new project alias named Home Tapes.
“We are taking it back to how we started this band and embarking on a new project called Home Tapes,” says the duo, “where we will seek to write, produce, and mix songs at home to share with the world on a regular basis. In the absence of certainty, at least we will have music, and we hope that these songs provide some comfort, companionship, and relief to those that need it.”
On “Lonely Star,” the pair’s sad, somber lyrical landscapes run counter to their uplifting keystrokes, gorgeous melodies, and gentle harmonies. What connects the twinkling ballad all together is Oh Wonder’s calm, hushed notes, their beautiful harmonizing, and their airy, hyptonic vocals. Not only does it tether the song back to the duo’s warm and familiar sound quality, it opens the door for excitement over future Home Tapes releases.
Oh Wonder are currently in the process of rescheduling their North American Wear Your Crown tour dates, which are said to be announced soon.
Photo credit: Olga De La Iglesia.