Oh Wonder have thrown themselves creatively into these lockdown times, with their acclaimed ‘Home Tapes’ project. Oceansize is the fourth of the songs to be written, recorded and released under lockdown, and is , say the band, a direct reflection “on lockdown, and our consequent yearning for freedom, space and nature.”
Oh Wonder are no strangers to this way of working, despite the top ten singles, a million sales and a billion streams. It’s how they started out, writing, producing and releasing everything from home in a DIY style – the aim being to release one song a month, which would make their debut album.
Frankly, Oceansize is gorgeous. Built on slow moving chords, the pair’s octave vocals hit you right in the heart, squeezing you right in the feels with this tune so melancholy and melodic it literally hurts. As it unfurls, so the synths flutter and the percussion shake, but you hardly notice it grips you that hard.
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