Oh Wonder has today dropped brand new track “True Romance,” which is available now on Republic Records. The unique London band’s new album, 22 Make, will follow on July 22nd, previewed by brooding first single “Magnificent” and the anthemic “Fuck it I Love You.” Currently on a huge world tour, Oh Wonder is in the midst of the US leg, which wraps on May 31st in Los Angeles at The Wiltern.
Beautifully intimate electronic pop, “True Romance” was inspired by the film of the same name, and connected the dots for Oh Wonder between the 22 Breakand 22 Make projects. “We recorded it three different times. It started out being way more pop and fast and really intense,” Josephine says, “but realised that it translated beautifully just singing it at the piano; it’s actually quite a simple, beautiful chorus. So we slowed it down, chilled out the production, and let the song breathe a little more.”
22 Make unpicks a turbulent period in the incredible story of Oh Wonder. Its first half, 22 Break, dropped with little warning towards the end of 2021: here were universal themes (loneliness, inadequacy, resentment, fears for the future) as experienced by one couple in real-time, all blown up in the pandemic. Not many bands can make a break-up album that culminates in them tying the knot, but then again, Oh Wonder has never been like other bands. Coming out of 22 Break and all the soul-searching that it forced them to do, Josephine and Anthony got married and channeled all this into 22 Make: a whole new album soundtracking the light at the end of a tunnel.
“When we nearly broke up during the pandemic, we used music as a way out,” Oh Wonder write, introducing the project in its entirety recently. “We wrote all our pain, sadness, and confusion into a collection of songs that we eventually released as the album, ‘22 Break’. But for us, that was only half of the story. We managed to survive our rocky patch, and emerge stronger than ever and full of love for each other. It only felt right therefore, to write about the other side, where you realise not just that you’re meant for each other, but also that it also takes two people to make a love flourish. We are thrilled to be releasing ‘22 Make’, an album full of love and life-affirming songs that reflect on fate, gratitude and being there for someone.”
This transformative period continues Oh Wonder’s remarkable, homegrown success story. 2020’s acclaimed album No One Else Can Wear Your Crown continued a run of back-to-back top 10 albums from the band who have – on their own distinct terms – become one of UK pop’s more unsuspecting breakthroughs (2.7 billion streams, 1.7 million adjusted album sales, and vocal fans in the likes of Billie Eilish). Oh Wonder even founded and literally built from the ground-up the hugely popular Nola cafe in Peckham early on in the pandemic. Through opening up to their fans and each other, the ‘Make or Break?’ poised by 22 Break and 22 Make appears not so much a question, as an active choice – to be as honest as possible, to move forward, and to begin a brand new chapter in the story of Oh Wonder.
UPCOMING 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
MAY 20 2022 // OGDEN THEATRE // DENVER, CO
MAY 21 2022 // THE DEPOT // SALT LAKE CITY, UT
MAY 23 2022 // SHOWBOX SODO // SEATTLE, WA
MAY 24 2022 // VOGUE THEATER // VANCOUVER, BC
MAY 25 2022 // ROSELAND THEATER // PORTLAND, OR
MAY 28 2022 // FOX THEATER // OAKLAND, CA
MAY 29 2022 // HOUSE OF BLUES // ANAHEIM, CA
MAY 31 2022 // THE WILTERN // LOS ANGELES, CA