Welcome to a new blog series on The Raven’s Sandbox called, you guessed it, “Oh, hello.” This blog is going to be me gushing over the Oh hellos, and I’m so excited to share my new obsession with you all.
I came across the Oh Hellos towards the beginning of the year. Prior to that, I was on a Celtic music binge and primarily listening to Julie Fowlis and Celtic Woman. I had my YouTube endless playlist on my Google home as I messed around on the computer when a song came on that demanded my attention. The instrumentation was mesmerizing, and the vocals were ethereal. I played that song on a constant loop for over 30 minutes before diving into YouTube to find out who was responsible for the masterpiece. Curious about what song it was? Well, you’ll have to wait for the next post to find out.
For those who are unaware, the Oh Hellos are a folk rock band. It’s lead members, siblings Tyler and Maggie Heath, formed the band in 2011. They came from a musical family and had plenty of experiences playing music together. A bit after forming the band, they added an ensemble of highly talented instrumentalists, and that is how the Oh Hellos as we know them were born.
In this series, I plan to dive deep into each of the Oh Hellos’ songs, albums, and EP’s as a whole. The band is highly influenced by Christian beliefs, Biblical mythology, Greek Mythology, and Greco-Roman mythology. They utilize these motifs to explore themes of the modern day religious, political, and personal landscape in a refreshing, reflective way. The analysis of their work will be a mixture of my own interpretations and things I’ve gleaned from interacting in the fandom. Many of the songs, albums, and EP’s have multiple meanings that don’t necessarily relate but still co-exist beautifuly.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next installment in the series. There, I will dive deep into the song that introduced me to the wonderful blessing that is The Oh Hellos.
Until next time