If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’d be remiss to have missed the phenomenon that is Client Liaison.
Consisting of two mates (Monte Morgan and Harvey Miller), Client Liaison plays with motifs from the ’80s and ’90s across their music, with a focus on business, excess and having a ridiculously good time.
With many of the same writers and producers from their 2016 debut ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ back on board, ‘Divine Intervention’ continues on from where its predecessor left off and will therefore hopefully entice more people to join the Client Liaison journey.
There are hints of all sorts of pop, rock and electronic references lyrically and musically throughout. I hear a lot more INXS on this album for some reason, which I think suits. The boys also don’t shy away from references to early Tina Arena and John Farnham.
And while Client Liaison love to have a good time, scratch a little deeper and there’s real substance to the songs.
On ‘Prisoners Of The High Life’, for example, the focus is on the fallout of chasing success and money. You certainly find yourself thinking about the depth of the message, despite its poppy soundtrack.
‘Eulogy For The Living’ is a rather deep reminder of the importance of life, the complexities it brings and choosing to do the right things for you. With more INXS influences, the song is another example of the boys showing they are more than just a kitsch band.
The kitsch is there and I love it as well; ‘The Real Thing’ is THAT song that you blast on a warm summer day. I don’t know how many spins I’ve given it since its release but it remains one of my favourite songs of theirs to date.
The very house driven ‘Elevator’ is another fun song that you can’t help but want to pump up the volume to.
Will this album change your life? Maybe… maybe not. But what it does affirm is that Australian artists have real vision to create music that’s not just meaningful to us domestically, but to the rest of the globe too.
As a body of work, ‘Divine Intervention’ makes it incredibly hard not to fall in love with Client Liaison’s unique brand of music. Count us among their devotees.
VERDICT : 4/5.
MUST LISTEN : The Real Thing, Cold To Touch, Prisoners Of The High Life.