I heard of The Oh Hellos a long time before I heard The Oh Hellos. A handful of friends and fans had told me about their debut EP that came out in 2011, but I never got around to listening to it. Then I saw them open for my friends in NEEDTOBREATHE at The Fontanel Amphitheater outside of Nashville. I was blown away.
The Oh Hellos are Tyler and Maggie Heath. They record everything just the two of them, playing dozens of instruments and creating lush sonic landscapes full of Americana and folk pop, reminding listeners of Sufjan Stevens, Hem and other theatrical ensembles. They tour as a large 12 piece band, bringing their records to life on the big stage.
Dear Wormfood feels like a festive literary party. It is a retelling of the CS Lewis classic, "The Screwtape Letters", but this time the narrators are the victims telling the antagonist that they are on to his devilish schemes. It is at times playful, other times epic, and others sanguine. It is a perfect record for vinyl, as it is made to be listened to from start to finish.
I love a band that takes chances, follows a creative muse before the commercial muse. This record is theatrical, heartbreaking, beautiful, and inspiring. I hope you like it as much as I do. I am also thrilled they are coming to my Moon River Music Festival this October. Don't miss them.