Oh Wonder release video for 'High on Humans'
Oh Wonder are very pleased to unveil the video to their new single, ‘High On Humans’. The track is lifted from the duo’s forthcoming second album, Ultralife, out 14th July through Island Records.
Oh Wonder: “we teamed up with our friend and director Grow Up Sad to create a video concerning a group of strangers looking for human connection. It was also an opportunity to play out some of our strange and secret fantasies.
Director Grow Up Sad explained: “Set in a not so distant, dystopian future we find a congregation of humans searching for connection. Automated and emotionless, they shift from partner to partner in subdued regiment. Although Josephine and Anthony are part of this process they are hopeful and renegade, and it's not long before the words of Oh Wonder begin to influence the robots around them. As they feel for the first time, their imaginations run wild into fantasy - where monotony is far from sight.”
Josephine explains the song itself: ‘High On Humans’ was inspired by a tube journey. On the way back from Heathrow Airport, I eavesdropped on a conversation between two girls who worked in a sunglasses shop at the terminal. They were happily going back and forth discussing their favourite foods. When one girl declared that she didn’t like avocados, I rudely interrupted and said ‘what do you mean you don’t like avocados?!’. We then proceeded to have a twenty minute conversation about hot sauces and condiments, and the three of us exited the carriage high on adrenaline having connected with strangers.
“I then went on to talk to a man who had knocked all his teeth out and was covered in blood. It created a carriage-wide conversation about injuries and operations. Everyone’s mood seemed lifted by this random interaction with the unknown. On the way back home from the station, I sang ‘I’m getting high on humans’ into voice notes on my phone, and sat down with Anthony to fully write it the next day.
“This song celebrates the potential to ‘get high’ and feel liberated by talking to strangers. It’s something we all fear, and something we should all do more of!”
Since their original tour announcement, Oh Wonder have added a handful of new dates to the already huge run of shows that takes the band across the globe. For full details see below. The band will play Reading and Leeds Festivals in late August ahead of six headline shows here in November.