Oh Wonder – “Livewire”

Too often, pop artists will show glimpses of restraint, but are then forced to show the song’s metaphorical “full hand” in the first chorus to make it “radio-ready.” Oh Wonder holds back in “Livewire,” letting the listener get what they think is a full chorus the first time, and on the second time around, the group reveals its full sound and potential. This London duo is a step away from breakthrough, and it is only a matter of time until others begin copying Oh Wonder’s sound. My only frustratingly minute nitpick with the song is that the chorus sounds eerily similar to Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” See if you can find the section that sounds exactly like: “Let you put your hands on me in my skin-tight jeans, Be your teenage dream tonight.”

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Seafret – “Oceans”

It’s always great to have a visual aid to sound, especially one with as universal a message as this. The recognizable and outspoken Maise Williams (Game of Thrones) is a perfect fit. Concerning the band, Seafret is a British duo, formed by Jack Sedman (vocals) and Harry Draper (guitar), and hopefully this is their chance to break it stateside.