In an era in which pop careers require careful planning, Oh Wonder are an anomaly.
They’re a band formed by accident not design, a duo who didn’t intend to play live but spent more than a year touring the world, and a major label act who never saw this beinganything other than a DIY project.
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.