I’m turned green with envy knowing full well that my colleague Nick was fortunate enough to see Oh Wonder not once, but twice, when he went to both weekends of Coachella, and countless other fans were able to make their way out to Santa Cruz in between those weekends to see our favorite UK duo play a sold out show at the Catalyst. It really doesn’t help my jealousy when Nick sends me footage of Oh Wonder performing Body Gold at the perfect moment at Coachella, when a golden sun is setting over the horizon and everything seems to be in the right place, nothing askew, nothing amiss, except for the fact that I wasn’t there. I trust in the thought that I’ll get to see Josephine and Anthony soon enough if luck would allow it. In the meantime, I look forward to their highly anticipated sophomore album with joy. And I melt away wistfully to their gorgeous new song, My Friends, a stripped down piano pop ballad mostly steeped in hushed, heartbreaking emotion before it lifts us up with a lush orchestral crescendo. The elegant aria takes us through a vast range of emotions with grace and beauty, in an eloquently and oh so unmistakably Oh Wonder way. Sophomore album Ultralife arraives June 16th, pre-order here, if you haven’t already done so.

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