The self-produced ‘No One Else Can Wear Your Crown’ is undeniably Oh Wonder’s most considered collection to date. Where their debut collected and compiled the 13 singles they’d released online through the course of a year, their third LP was written in their garden studio with a much larger pool of songs to eventually pick and choose from. It feels like the duo have had the chance to rest and reset after relentless touring and find themselves again.
For the classically-trained Josephine Vander, the reset involved starting from scratch and learning jazz piano. The experience of mastering new techniques and jazz phrasing proved a direct influence on the composition of ‘No One Else Can Wear Your Crown’, alongside exposure to the South East London jazz scene, including regular trips to Deptford’s Steam Down night. Happily, some things don’t change, and the duo’s distinctive, interwoven vocals remain at the forefront of the album, lending a magnetic intimacy to what is an expansive, lushly-realised set.
‘No One Else Can Wear Your Crown’ is a candid, restorative set that offers a welcome antidote to our turbulent times, from a band firmly writing their own bright future. Ask, believe, receive.