While we’re not wishing our life away, the transition of one month into another is currently bringing about a kind of giddy excitement not felt since childhood and the joy of inching closer to the end of the school year. It’s not the eventual arrival of summer holidays and six weeks of unfettered freedom and adventure that has us all hyper and bouncy with joy these days though (sadly). Instead the dawning of a new month has come to mean two things here at Alphabet Bands, the release of a new Oh Wonder song and the knowledge that our patient and incremental movement towards their debut album has clicked on a notch (just five more months people).
Their ninth release is not, as some in our region may have hoped, named after the UEA Student Radio station, but “Livewire” is still rather wonderful.
The duos entwined vocals are as lovely as ever as they drift over a light, warm piano line; a rich contrast to the starkness and tap-dripping beat that greets us. It’s like stepping into a dark cavern, cold and foreboding with just a flicker of light to guide you. Suddenly you step round the corner and this grand cavern opens up in front of you, full of gorgeous melody and colour. Sulphur pools shine and dance with the piano, as you get lost in its splendour.
Each month Oh Wonder release something new and each month we think, ‘can they possibly keep up this level of quality?’ and each month they come back and the answer is a resounding yes.