“DEADWATER” VIA GORILLA VS. BEAR
DEBUT LP DON’T YOU TO BE RELEASED VIA COLUMBIA RECORDS
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Don’t You, the long-anticipated album from the trio of friends known as Wet, is an astonishingly lucid and heart-wrenching collection of 11 tracks set to be released digitally and physically via Columbia.
Wet, comprised of singer-songwriter Kelly Zutrau, and multi-instrumentalists Joe Valle and Marty Sulkow, make songs that resist easy categorization and invite every listener to bask in its intimate glow. But despite their wide-ranging sensibilities, Wet never compromises its core: sturdy pop songwriting and piercing lyrics.
The album, almost entirely self-produced, was written during a period of solitude in a rented house in Western Massachusetts last year. Wet collaborated intensely with each other on the album while honing in on their individual strengths during the process. Kelly’s deeply personal words on Don’t You project sweetness and brutality, confusion and clarity, rawness and polish, naïveté and wisdom. Kelly’s naked lyrics, along with her intuitive grasp of familiar chords and pure, catchy song structures place her in a diverse lineage of potent American female singer-songwriters. Joe, meanwhile, has emerged as a brilliant producer, delicately fine-tuning each song and creating uncanny grooves. Marty, the true musician of the group, textures and propels each song forward with some of the strongest guitar playing in indie-pop today.
Wet met through mutual friends as college students in New York City in 2007. After a few years of informal dabbling, they began officially making music as Wet during the summer of 2012, an especially aimless and emotionally turbulent period. After releasing a few songs digitally they quickly began attracting attention, sometimes from unexpected places before releasing their critically acclaimed debut EP Wet in May 2014.
The Fader described Wet as “pure, unhurried… sounds like it was made in the city but good while driving to the country,” and social media stars like Kylie Jenner began gushing on Instagram. Critic Sasha Frere-Jones listed “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl” as his favorite song of 2013, describing it as “completely perfect.” Interview magazine wrote: “Electronic music has never been this lonely and beautiful.”