"Who says you can't have a dangerous and sexy album with great words? From this basic premise, Alexander Gow and his Oh Mercy bandmates have crafted Deep Heat, the band's third and most colourful album to date; a collection of 10 propulsive songs with a groove as deep as the Mariana Trench. After last year's acoustic-based confessional Great Barrier Grief, Gow decided to shift the goal posts a little - well, a lot actually - decamping to Portland, Oregon, for two months and turning a bunch of songs he'd written on piano in the "traditional singer-songwriter fashion" into something else entirely. For the first time ever, he began writing in the third-person, taking on characters and exploring some of the darker sides of sexuality and desire. "I read Paul Kelly's memoir and was excited by the idea of writing from another perspective. Subsequently every song on the album is a work of fiction. It has opened up
Sixteen original short films set to music by some of the greatest independent artists in
the world right now. Some of the artists include Smog, Sufjan Stevens, Mogwai, My Morning Jacket, Dirty Three, Holly Throsby, Vetiver, Bonnie Prince Billy and The Brown Birds From Windy Hill.