Oh Mercy packshotAlex Gow’s been everywhere, man, and while his third album Deep Heat awaits its much-deserved critical evaluation, his others have been somewhat more consensusifying.

Now with an ARIA under his belt and insistent he has nothing left to prove, Café Oblivion sounds like anything but settling down. It still rings loud with classic Australian guitar balladry, but between these sombre and sultry moments (and sometimes alongside them) are songs wriggling with funk rhythms and sly come-ons, Gow ratcheting up the repressed libido of so many singer-songwriter types. Gow’s brilliance has always been the fairly inconspicuous kind, but on Café Oblivion, it’s undeniable.

Café Oblivion is out now via EMI.
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