“In this unprecedented period of confusion and loneliness, we wanted to contribute to the world’s efforts to make sense of it all, in the only way we know how. We are taking it back to how we started this band and embarking on a new project called ‘Home Tapes,’ where we will seek to write, produce and mix songs at home to share with the world on a regular basis. In the absence of certainty, at least we will have music, and we hope that these songs provide some comfort, companionship and relief to those that need it.”
– Josephine and Anthony
In contrast of the infectious positivity of “Keep On Dancing,” which encourages people to continue celebrating the highs in isolation, “I Like It When You Love Me” finds the band in a more solemn—yet equally absorbing—state of mind. Instead, they offer a delicate and introspective reflection of the highs and lows of a relationship.
Oh Wonder is no stranger to life under lockdown. Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht first started the band much in the manner of Home Tapes—writing, producing and recording everything DIY, with aim of releasing a song a month morphing into their debut album, a romantic relationship and a career that continues to astound the couple. Not to mention, of course, two top 10 records (including February’s No One Else Can Wear Your Crown), a million sales and over a billion streams. While the band was poised for a mammoth “Wear Your Crown” World Tour all through 2020, Oh Wonder’s ever self-sufficient streak has found a truly creative outlet in Home Tapes. Here is a band reaching back to their roots while still, in their own unabashed way, setting the agenda where others follow.