When Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West started working together, they didn’t have world tours or Billboard 100 ranking albums on their mind. The London-based musicians started out with the simple plan of producing one song a month as a music writing exercise.
The pair, making up the alternative pop band Oh Wonder, owe the success of their self-titled debut album and their most recent tour to a decision to post the first song from their side project to SoundCloud. This single, “Body Gold,” reached 100,000 plays on the streaming site in just a few weeks. Vander Gucht and West continued to produce and post a track each month for a year until they released their self-titled debut album in 2015 with additional tracks bringing the song count to 15.
Resting under the broad umbrella of alternative pop, the duo’s music is electronic and soulful with a touch of indie and a hint of R&B. Vander Gucht and West share the lyrical spotlight by harmonizing each verse, singing one octave apart.
Oh Wonder kicked off its spring tour by releasing “Ultralife” the first single from an album of the same name set to hit stores and streaming sites June 16. While the band stays true to its trademark vocals and synth, its second album promises to be more upbeat, with pop-anthem choruses, bold percussion and lyrics about the joys of finding a partner to share your life.
Oh Wonder performs at 7 p.m. May 23 at Town Ballroom. Tickets are $20 - $24. Visit townballroom.com.