Written during a period of solitude in a rented house in Western Massachusetts last year, Kelly’s deeply personal words on Don’t You project both sweetness and brutality, confusion and clarity, rawness and polish, naivete and wisdom: “These days I can’t take too much,” she sings with an unnerving directness. “Today I scare so easily.” 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 alongside women like Fiona Apple and Taylor Swift. 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 moves each song forward with some of the strongest guitar playing in indie-pop today. Together, Joe and Marty work on all aspects of the album’s instrumentation; they take Kelly’s demos and arrange them to perfection.
The trio 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. "We were all a little lost and looking for something that felt meaningful, so we focused all of this emotional energy into something productive,” Kelly says. After releasing a few songs on SoundCloud -- like “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl,” a weak-kneed but strong-headed breakup ballad -- they quickly began attracting attention, sometimes from unexpected places.
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. Former New Yorker music 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.”
The product of many months of seclusion, soul-searching and intense collaboration, Don’t You fulfills the promise that Wet’s music has made since day one. Old fans will rejoice; new listeners will quickly be pulled into the music’s intimate embrace.
Mar 31 FridayPawtucket, RI, US The Met
Apr 01 SaturdayIthaca, NY, US The Haunt
Apr 02 SundayPortland, ME, US Port City Music Hall