London-based electronic, synth-pop duo, Oh Wonder, are today thrilled to announce the details of their second album. Ultralife is set to be released on 16th June, 2017. They have also shared a second track from the record “Lifetimes” and announced an exclusive run of Australian sideshows to their appearance at Splendour In the Grass 2017.
Ultralife was predominantly recorded at the band’s own home studio in London, and self-produced by the duo. The first single ‘Ultralife’ was released last week and has already racked up over 2 million streams online. Ultralife is both Oh Wonder’s extraordinary second album and their debut proper. Its eponymously-titled predecessor, released in late 2015, was a collection of songs they had posted online at the rate of one a month, which millions of listeners fell in love with, turning London-based Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West into reluctant pop stars. Now their first album is fast approaching half a billion streams – a happy accident indeed.
We’ve never pushed this project,” says Josephine. “It has always felt like it’s pulling us along. We initially put our songs on Soundcloud hoping to pitch them to other artists. What happened next surprised us as much as anyone. Almost from the moment we began, we felt a connection with fans.”
Rather than rely on computers, Ultralife boasts lots of live instrumentation, including drums and bass, as well as Anthony’s collection of analogue synths, which are central to the songs’ warm, sensual sound. Some of the album, including the strings, was recorded at The Pool in Bermondsey, but most of it was made in the pair’s home studio, where they had to work around TFL’s bus timetable. “Our studio is on a busy main road, on the corner of two bus routes,” explains Anthony. “Whenever we’d start recording, another bus would go by. We couldn’t do vocals before 10pm.”
“But some buses do sneak in,” reveals Josephine. “The album opens with a bus, an ode to the fact that the entire album was compromised by London transport. There’s also a police siren from New York, where we had the same problem with traffic. “We could have made our lives easier by going to a studio with soundproofing, but that isn’t us. Our lives are in these songs and it didn’t feel fair to leave the night buses out.”
Pre-Order Ultralife The Album HERE
OH WONDER 2017 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Visit secretsounds.com/sideshows/splendour for details
Sun 23 July – Splendour In The Grass
Mon 24 July – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Wed 26 July – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Pre-sale: 9am Tue 11 April – 8am Wed 12 April Local Time
General Public On-sale: 9am Wed 12 April Local Time