London-based alternative pop duo Oh Wonder have returned with their first new single in over two years, “Hallelujah.”
In 2014, having just released their debut self-titled album and already receiving over 13.5 million plays on Soundcloud on their singles, Oh Wonder, the East London duo (Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht) instantly shot to stardom without ever even stepping foot on a stage together!
Now, fast forward 5 years and 1.6 billion streams later they now have two critically acclaimed albums under their belt and have sold out shows across the globe including selling out some pretty impressive shows here in Australia including Melbourne’s Forum Theatre, The Triffid in Brisbane and performed at Sydney City Limits in 2017.
The song begins with a gentle piano and the soft, harmonising vocals of Josephine and Anthony: “I heard it on the radio / On the way back home / That I’m gonna be someone.” A violin is then introduced as the tempo picks up slightly and Oh Wonder relay some of the doubt they’ve felt previously: “Some days I don’t think my momma thinks I’m good enough to be a superstar / But one day I will show her I’m a diamond in the rough / Will be a superstar.” As the pair gain confidence in themselves, an uplifting heartbeat synth and layered vocals kick it up a notch. The melody perfectly accompanies the lyrical journey: “Cos there’s a crown / Covered in glitter and gold / And I’m gonna wear it / Whether you like it or not.”
“’Hallelujah’ is a song of defiance that we wrote for anyone that has ever been told they can’t do something,” Oh Wonder explain. “’Hallelujah’ is a reminder to ourselves, as much as anyone else, to not care what people think of you, to work hard, be yourself and try your best. It’s our personal anthem of self-acceptance that we hope will encourage others to “wear their crowns”, no matter what anyone else says.”