For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.
SOUNDS LIKE: Upbeat, psychedelic Australian summer singalongs designed strictly for the good times.
FOR FANS OF: Dorsal Fins, Moses Gunn Collective, Holy Holy
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: A fan of music ever since he played saucepans along to John Farnham as a kid, Melbourne singer-songwriter Ben Wright Smith logged several years playing bass in ska and punk bands before picking up an acoustic guitar and writing his own songs. Before setting out on a massive 42-date Australian tour, Wright Smith is releasing his debut album The Great Divorce, written and recorded in Melbourne (with producer Oscar Dawson from Holy Holy) and Nashville (over a two-year period with Mark Moffatt, producer for the Saints and Yothu Yindi).
SHE SAYS: “I’m relieved to show everybody [my album]. My friends and family had been wondering what I was doing all the time, so it’s nice to be able to say, ‘I’ve been making a rock & roll album with my friends.’ I’ve wanted to make an album since I was 12 or 13, ever since I bought my first record, which was Silverchair’s Neon Ballroom. I’ve been trying the whole time to do it myself, and this is the first time I’ve been able to pull together a proper record. It’s exciting.”
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: Blissed-out, loved-up sunray of a single “Sand Grabber”.