Wet, a group already tipped as the most promising act of 2015 by Fader had a large amount of expectation surrounding the release of their debut album ‘Don’t You’. The Brooklyn three piece seem to have attained an appropriately cool approach to the creation and collation of their debut record. There is a beautiful fluidity to this record where the similarities only help to emphasise the subtle structure variations found on the likes of ‘Move Me’ and ‘Small & Silver’.
The alternative pop core takes on a variety of different forms as you move through its eleven track run length. An early cut ‘Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl’ has near country influence with an acoustic backbone and a simplistic lyrical hook creating the major chorus. Meanwhile ‘Body’ leans harshly on R & B with a cooing Banks’ like delivery while a highly produced collation of instrumentals bubble beneath its surface, a piercing snare interspersed in hypnotic rhythm.
Kelly Zutrau’s vocal is neither astounding nor extraordinarily original however there is a real peculiarity to the way in which it interacts with the production and structure of the album. The likes of ‘All In Vain’ would not simply sound right sang by any other vocalist, an impressive accomplishment for a new artist.
There is also a sense of humanity running throughout which is refreshing as bands aim for complexity in the hope to appear intelligent or poetic. ‘All The Ways’ expertly details the impending dread created all within one’s psyche when considering a relationships’ longevity. Meanwhile the simplistic ‘You’re The Best’ is an unashamed, vulnerable outpour of affection with an insight into the thought process of an everyday 20 something year old as Kelly ponders ‘maybe we should quit while we’re ahead’ during a moment of intimacy. The powerful xx guitar riff that penetrates its centre only adds to the overall indulgence of these immaculate three minutes of indie pop.
Although we have heard ‘Weak’ and ‘Dead Water’ previously, they shine amongst this collection as two of the album’s high points. The former relying most heavily on an impeccable vocal delivery before a fairly simplistic guitar melody builds to a moody crescendo and a subdued emotional flood. The latter has the most dramatic and catchy lyrical hook lacing its chorus to the balladic verse where piano keys rise and fall in the most divine of arrangements. This is an expectedly strong debut and although 60% of the music present has been previously released, ‘Don’t You’ works as a first showcase of Wet’s remarkable capabilities. Minimalism may exist more prominently in the world of modern art it feels to be the most appropriate term to personify this album.
Don’t You is released in the UK on January 29 through Columbia Records