In support of their second full-length, Ultralife, Oh Wonder recently swung by our shores for a short run of sold out headline shows, surrounding their appearance at July's Splendour In The Grass. While in town we caught up with the UK pair to discuss their favourite duos of all time.
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Their new album What Now is one of our favourite releases of the year. "The Glow" is such a dreamy nostalgic song and the video is beautiful too. We play it loud in the dressing room before every gig to get ourselves hyped and ready to perform.
This brother/sister duo are magnificent. We saw one of their first ever London shows promoting their debut EP where they performed to about 10 people, and we've followed them obsessively ever since. Down the Way is probably one of our favourite records of all time. Their solo projects are equally as interesting.
"Islands In The Stream" is our karaoke song. That harmony is killer.
When I was 11, I brought home Hear'Say's version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" on CD and played it to my Dad saying, "you gotta listen to this song, it's so good". My Dad patiently listened, and then played me the Simon and Garfunkel version and my tiny brain was blown. Ever since then I became obsessed with Simon and Garfunkel's songwriting and fell in love with my Dad's taste in music — Cat Stevens, Billy Joel, Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Labi Siffre etc.
Our favourite songwriter of all time, Benjamin Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie, teamed up with Jimmy Tamborello to create an album that defined both of our younger years. We fell in love with the romanticism of the story behind the band's name — sending song edits and ideas back and forth via the USPS, and "Such Great Heights" was our teenage anthem.
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