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Oh Mercy reveal new album ‘Café Oblivion’

Melbourne indie rockers Oh Mercy have announced their highly anticipated studio album Café Oblivion is set for release on Friday 9 March.

“The Café Oblivion. A fictional establishment built in a feverish dream. Equal parts heady, bizarre and rousing,” says frontman Alex Gow.

Café Oblivion is the band’s fifth studio, and the first since 2015’s ARIA Award-winning When We Talk About Love.

“I’m feeling comfortable. I was 29 when I wrote and recorded Café Oblivion,” says Gow of the album.

“With that comfort came the desire and ability to be more playful than I have in the past, lyrically and musically.”

The new album speaks of the psychedelic imagery or lovers, villains, Gods, Australian sporting personalities and marsupials alike, unlike When We Talk About Love’s tales of love, loss and longing.

“All of the past four albums saw me trying to prove something, ‘Be less like that, be more like this’ – this time around it’s just me being me. I’m a grown man. I’m in a good spot. I think it’s audible.”

Giving a bigger taste of the new material, Oh Mercy recently released the infectious second single from the album ‘Keep A Light On’, following the first single ‘National Park’ from August last year.

Café Oblivion was recorded over the summer between 2016 and 2017 at The Grove studios, and produced and mixed by Scott Horscroft.

Horscroft is an integral piece to the Café Oblivion sound, after working together with Gow on When We Talk About Love.

To celebrate the album’s release, Oh Mercy will embark on a national tour this April, with shows set for Perth, Fremantle, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Tickets are on sale now.

Café Oblivion is out Friday 9 March.


Sat 7 April – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA


Sun 8 April – The Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA


Fri 13 April – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW


Sat 14 April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD


Fri 20 April – Howler, Melbourne, VIC


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