Brooklyn-based trio Wet swept the music scene with their debut self-titled EP, which contained breakup songs that pulsated with a minimalist energy. Their new, full-length debut album, “Don’t You,” is a synthesis of songs they released in the past, including those of their EP.
While studying in New York, Kelly Zutrau, Joe Valle and Marty Sulkow joined forces to experiment with their musical talents, until Valle left for Los Angeles and Zutrau, Rhode Island. The triad reconciled in Brooklyn to form Wet, an indie group trademarked by a smooth, slick sound consumed by R&B influences. They debuted with a self-titled EP that attracted fans from different corners of modern music: soul, indie, pop, electronica, alternative and R&B.
The melodies were constructed in such a way where each line and lyric fit comfortably into the tune. In “You’re the Best,” Zutrau sings: “But, baby, you’re the best/We’ll figure out the rest/And maybe it’s a test/I think we better quit while we’re ahead.” The messages contained in the album give nods to the highs and lows of love, making it a masterpiece easy to identify with.
Between the meticulous plucks of the electric guitar in “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl” and boldness of the piano in “Island,” the instrumentals were perfected to the grain. As the tune of “You’re the Best” plunged into the manufactured bass, I was carried through an ocean of percussion that remained subtle to complement the brightness of Zutrau’s voice.
It is safe to say Wet’s perfection nearly put me to sleep, as I found myself dozing off during the slower songs, such as “Move Me” and “Deadwater.” Some may find this good, while others, bad, but it is without a doubt that Wet has mastered both docility and vigor, a quality not many other musical groups carry.
Zutrau’s silken vocals are not without mention. Although addictive, in “It’s All In Vain,” they were difficult to listen to when they climbed higher in pitch as she crooned: “Now I see you hardly know me/I learned your way, I learned so slowly.” Other than that, her voice is completely ethereal and of an otherworldly quality.
Wet’s “Don’t You” does little to push the boundaries of their style, but fans may appreciate their consistency. Each song in the album is elegantly executed in terms of vocals and instrumentals. A combination of love songs and breakup songs, “Don’t You” envelops the marauding feelings associated with love and loss.