It’s not often we simply copy and paste a press release or a statement from a band onto Breaking More Waves, as we prefer to put our own stamp on things. However, today, having listened to White Blood, the beautiful and deeply human new tune from Oh Wonder and having read about the story behind the song, we’ve decided that the band’s words explain things way better than we could ever manage. So here they are, unedited:
"Earlier this year we had the pleasure of meeting Steven and Wendi, our fans - and now friends, from the US. They are both remarkable people - generous, warm-hearted and so spirited. Steven is a doctoral student at MIT, and after a voluntary academic scan he discovered a baseball-sized cancerous brain tumour, which was successfully removed after a 10-hour awake brain surgery. We are humbled to have collaborated with Steven on the artwork for our forthcoming single, 'White Blood'. The image is a very zoomed-in image of part of his brain tumour, photographed under a microscope by the man himself!
We wrote 'White Blood' to explore the idea of needing immunity from disease, sadness, hopelessness or fear, not only in the physical form of white blood cells, but also with simple human love and support. This song is for you, Steven and Wendi, and for anyone else out there that is dealing with difficult physical or mental health circumstances. We are all here for each other."
Read more about this incredible image (notice the way there appears to be someone dancing within the tumor tissue) here
We live in an internet enabled world that seems to become ever more callous, ever more judgemental, ever more unhopeful. Listen to this song. Go and hug someone. Tell them that you love them. For without hope and love we’re lost. This tune will make you feel that love.
Oh Wonder - White Blood