OH MERCY RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO “NATIONAL PARK”
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ARIA Award winning Oh Mercy, the musical manifestation of Melbourne’s Alexander Gow, has just released new single “National Park”, complete with quirky accompanying video!
Gow explains the inspiration for the clip, saying, “My soon to be sister in law leads this incredible traditional Indonesian dance group. They’re called Bhinneka. I’d seen them perform a few times and was hell bent on getting them involved in a clip. My mates run the theatre up in Castlemaine. It’s an amazing looking space. They were kind enough to let us film there. I painted some fruit gold. A footy too. After that, we just needed to figure out how to combine those elements into a clip. The director, Si did such a great job. And Nick, he shot it and edited it. He nailed the bizarre vision. It’s lattes. It’s Castlemaine. It’s traditional Indonesian dancing. Gold. Footy. It’s Absurd. I like it.”
“National Park” was recorded at The Grove studios, and produced and mixed by Scott Horscroft.
“I don’t remember much else besides watching the cricket and drinking coffee, that’s gotta be a sign of a great recording session”. Gow continues, “during my final vocal takes, Scott broke the headphone mix down for me. It read: Channel 1 BAND. Channel 2 VOCALS. Channel 3. CRICKET. It’s important to keep informed”.
Oh Mercy’s latest musical offering sits somewhere between Island Records era John Cale and Scotland’s The Waterboys while unabashedly flirting with the 60’s crooner cool of Lee Hazlewood and the cinematic exotica of Latin Playboys.
At 29, Gow is regarded as one of Australia’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters. He is a willing accomplice to a lyrical curiosity which sees him combine his love for the existential and absurd with a breadth of literary influences along with a perpetual air of romance. His adoration of pop hooks stems from a teenage love of Bacharach and those melodic sensibilities endure.
Releasing four albums since his 2009 Debut, Gow has a string of ARIA nominations under his belt for the albums ‘Great Barrier Grief’, ‘Deep Heat’ and an ARIA Award for his most recent, 2015’s ‘When We Talk About Love’.
Oh Mercy makes a welcome return to the live scene with select East Coast shows in September and October:
TUE 5 SEP – The Woolly Mammoth, 8:50-9:20PM
WED 6 SEP – Ric’s Big Backyard – 9:00-9:30PM
“National Park” Tour:
THU 28 SEP – The Oxford Circus, Sydney
SAT 30 SEP – Dashville Skyline Festival
THU 5 OCT – Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne
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