All Your Devotion Kav Temperley Inertia A few years ago, Eskimo Joe frontman Kav Temperley was looking down the barrel of a midlife crisis. His ARIA award-winning pop/rock band was on hiatus after more than 15 years together, his marriage had fallen apart and his 40th birthday was looming. This unexpected period of solitude and reflection — and, later, a new romantic relationship — provided the impetus for All Your Devotion, Temperley’s first solo album. There are plenty of easy comparisons to be made between this work and Eskimo Joe’s 2004 album A Song is a City. Both were lyrically inspired by Temperley’s day-to- day life in Fremantle, and both have the kind of song structures, jangly octaved piano lines and instrumental arrangements that fellow singerbassist Paul McCartney would be pleased with.
But if A Song is a City was a diary, All Your Devotion is a love letter. That’s not to say it’s a collection of love songs; lead single Pollyanna sees Temperley trying to cheer himself up about his change in circumstances, and Christmas Lights is an unexpectedly charming song about driving around the suburbs in December. Of course there are love songs on here, and even a slow jam where Temperley croons over silky basslines and synths that wouldn’t sound out of place on an album by fellow West Aussies Tame Impala. Temperley is a masterful songwriter and this is a worthwhile addition to his catalogue of work. More importantly, it serves as a reminder of the power of authenticity in life and music, and of the need to make truly lasting connections with your fellow humans.