Considering the acoustic loveliness they purvey, you might not have been expecting Oh Mercy's new album cover to look like the above picture. In a Bobbysix.com exclusive, the Melbourne band's frontman and songwriter Alexander Gow writes a few words about the choice of artwork:
"There's a great tradition in modern music that shines a proud spotlight on feminine beauty by the way of album art selection. It is a playful tradition. It is erotic. But beyond all it is one of worship. Bowing in delight and pleasure to the overwhelming power of woman. Placing that majesty on pedestal to awe and inspire man and woman alike."
"Martin Denny subscribed in the late 50's and 60's.
Roxy Music made an institution of it.
Prince gave nude man power a nod by appearing naked on Pegasus on the back cover of Prince 1979."
"Selecting art for an album cover is a unique opportunity and one that I am thankful to have.
It's a lot of fun."
If the album's sound is as daring and bold as its cover art, then we're in for a treat. It's set to drop in August. Keep up to date with Oh Mercy on Facebook. In the meantime, have a sneak listen to their upcoming single and check out their Australian tour dates below.