Two years on from breakout single, "No One", Melbourne indie-folk singer-songwriter, Ben Wright Smith, is preparing to release his debut LP, The Great Divorce. The album is due Friday, March 17th and streaming exclusively from today via Rolling Stone.
For the album, Wright Smith worked alongside a pair of producers — Holy Holy's Oscar Dawson and Mark Moffatt (The Saints, Yothu Yindi, The Divinyls) — in sessions in both Melbourne and Nashville. The latter evidently inspiring new explorations, with elements of blues, alt-country and Americana seeping into his core, pop-skewed folk sound on tracks such as "Heavy", "Where Do All Your Friends Go When You're Sleeping", and "The Great Divorce". Elsewhere, Wright Smith tries his hand at all ends of the rock spectrum, from psych spaceouts ("I Don't Wanna Know", "Sand Grabber") to more straight-down-the-line, anthemic ballads ("Dead Man").
It's these experiments and constant shifts from expectations that reward throughout The Great Divorce. Alongside which, Wright Smith's sermons-of-consciousness lyrical flow and unshakable confidence is complimented by equally ostentatious and detail-focused production.
Live, however, the Melbourne-based singer-songwriter says him and his band are keeping the songs as evolving pieces, telling Rolling Stone that "as we keep performing I think new elements and sounds begin to take hold." A process set to be displayed when Wright Smith and company hit the road next month for an extensive run of national dates, details below.
Listen to 'The Great Divorce' below:
Ben Wright Smith The Great Divorce Tour
Thursday, April 20th: Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill
Friday, April 21st: Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
Saturday, April 22nd: Workers Club, Geelong cap
Thursday, April 27th: Transit Bar, Canberra
Friday, April 28th: Charles Sturt Uni, Wagga Wagga
Friday, May 5th: Charles Sturt Uni, Wagga Wagga
Saturday, May 6th: Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay
Friday, May 12th: Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
Wednesday, May 17th: The Triffid - Courtyard, Brisbane
Thursday, May 18th: Treetops, Gold Coast
Friday, May 19th: Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
Saturday, May 20th: Sol Bar, Maroochydore
Thursday, May 25th: Frankies, Sydney
Saturday, May 27th: Rad, Bar Wollongong
Friday, June 2nd: The Loft, Warrnambool
Saturday, June 3rd: The Exeter, Adelaide
Sunday, June 11th: Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
Thursday, July 20th: Sand Bar, Mildura
Friday, July 21st: Sand Bar, Mildura
Saturday, July 29th: Northcote Social, Northcote
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