Ben Wright Smith’s single Sand Grabber has been around for several months; its galloping rhythm, squalling electric guitar, sun-bleached acoustic guitar (contributing as much percussively as it does melodically) and exultant melody have made it a triple j staple.
The rest of The Great Divorce offers a spread of similarly beautiful and propulsive ideas – some of its details take me back to Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans, while Smith’s lyrics move between introspective, relatable, and divinely surreal. His knack for riffs (see: stand-outs The Wrecker, Heavy, The Great Divorce) recalls Cass McCombs, and odd but elegant chord choices resolve into some super triumphant jams. Rich and aerial but totally kinetic and grounded in Smith’s singular voice, this is a strong and charming debut.
The Great Divorce is out now via MGM.