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Wet - "You're Not Wrong"

Brooklyn’s Wet prepare for the release of their second album ‘Still Run’ on July 13th, with the first track ‘You’re Not Wrong’.

Boston trio Wet: plaintive, pop and glassy, ephemeral balladry, like some emotionally cathartic mirage informed by soft rock and R&B. They perfected this sound on “Deadwater,” the best song on their 2016 debut Don’t You. It’s quite pretty and often powerful. “You’re Not Wrong,” is the latest track to be previewed from their sophomore album Still Run, is almost certainly one of the jauntiest song in Wet’s discography. The song was produced by Rostam Batmanglij, whose own solo debut album featured Wet singer Kelly Zutrau. It’s a throwback to early rock and R&B, powered by a crisp backbeat, nifty bass, plinking piano, and occasional flashes of strings.

Like all Wet songs, “You’re Not Wrong” is quite pretty. Unlike most of them, it has a skip in its step.

MONEY –  Suicide Songs

In 2013, Money released their acclaimed debut album ‘The Shadow Of Heaven‘, following only a handful of concerts that felt more like communions in out-of-the-way venues, advertised only by word-of-mouth. The record sounded similarly crafted – all haunted melody and atmosphere, invested with an unusually ambitious and uncompromising lyrical zeal. This was a band that invested as much in what they meant as how they sounded. Two years on, the new Money album, ‘Suicide Songs’, takes you deeper into their sound and vision. It feels more advanced and yet simpler, more perfected and yet more open. It is, by turns, a tender, barren, cavernous, smouldering, despairing and inspirational piece of work. It’s a long day’s journey into night, but it pays huge dividends when you arrive, drawing you in and casting a spell that won’t let go. The album finds the band gelling as never before, framing Jamie’s poetic vision with an intuitive grasp of the album’s dignified and despairing themes. There are strings and brass, gospel-style backing vocals, and the (Indian stringed) dilruba on the opening ‘I Am The Lord’. This collectively adds more divine dimensions to the band’s sound, embellishments that Money didn’t have the confidence to try out on their debut.
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VARIOUS ARTISTS –  STILL IN A DREAM – A STORY OF SHOEGAZE 1988 – 1995

‘Shoegaze’ was a term invented circa 1990 to describe a new breed on UK Indie guitar bands inspired by the likes of 4AD Records, My Bloody Valentine and US acts like Sonic Youth. Bands like Ride, Moose, Lush, Pale Saints and The Telescopes married dreamy, off-kilter melodies, skewed, heavily effects-laden guitar riffs and psychedelic production values. Although ‘Shoegaze’ was initially a somewhat derogatory term to pigeonhole a clutch of new acts, the term quickly evolved to become an accepted genre of music which has influenced successive generations of bands, especially those outside of the UK. Housed in a lavish ‘book’ set, ‘Still in a Dream’ pays tribute to that seminal period with numerous classics, cult favourites, rarities and tracks new to CD. Across five discs, the evolution of the sound labelled as ‘Shoegaze’ is charted from the bands who inspired it on Disc 1 to many of the US and other non-UK acts on Disc 5. Awash with rare memorabilia, 12,000 words of sleeve-notes from journalist Neil Taylor and band biographies, ‘Still in a Dream’ is the ultimate tribute to what was also called ‘The Scene That Celebrated Itself’! It features 87 cuts from the Pale Saints, Spectrum, AR Kane, Loop, Ride, Lush, Ultra Vivid Scene,Telescopes, Cocteau Twins, Swervedriver, Luna and more.

WET  –  Don’t You

Columbia Records release ‘Don’t You’, the long-anticipated album from the trio of friends known as Wet. An astonishingly lucid and heart-wrenching collection of 11 tracks. Much has been made of the utopian merging of indie and traditional pop worlds in recent years, but ‘Don’t You’ is an album that takes this fusion to an unprecedented place. This is a benchmark record that delicately sews together the clean songwriting of big-pop, the melodic sensuality of R&B, and the faint twang of country with touches of experimental production and precise instrumentation to create a bold and effortless-feeling new space. 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.
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NIGHT BEATS –  Who Sold My Generation

Night Beats third album, and first for Heavenly Records, follows the release of their self-titled debut in 2011 and ‘Sonic Bloom’ in 2013. Recorded on old two-inch tape in Echo Park, Los Angeles at the home of producer Nic Jodoin and featuring co-production and guess bass playing from Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, new album ‘Who Sold My Generation’ goes beyond merely being a retreading of well-worn garage / R&B path. Instead it offers a contemporary take on the psychedelic experience, a heady set of hoodoo voodoo songs. Very much a record in the great Texan musical tradition of acid-drenched outlaw music, ‘Who Sold My Generation’ picks up where the likes of The Elevators, The Red Krayola, pre-ZZ Top band The Moving Sidewalks, The Butthole Surfers and The Black Angels – whose record label Reverb Appreciation Society released the band’s second album – left off.
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TELEGRAM  –  Taffy Come Home

Limited copies are signed. Recorded in London with Rory Atwell, ‘Taffy Come Home’ is one of their finest moments to date and comes backed with ‘It’s Not Very Easy’ which is only available as a bonus track on special editions of the album. The track utilises everything we love about the band – a rich, pulverising melody that sounds as compressed and tight as prime-time Buzzcocks, and a healthy nod to Roxy Music courtesy of frontman Matt Saunders.

Columbia Records is proud to announce Don’t You, the long-anticipated album from the trio of friends known as Wet. An astonishingly lucid and heart-wrenching collection of 11 tracks, the album is slated for a Fall release. The lead single, Deadwater,” debuted on Annie Mac’s influential BBC Radio 1 show

“Deadwater” is the first musical offering from the forthcoming project and the follow up to their auspicious debut, the Wet EP.  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 works together as a trio on every aspect of the album; 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.. 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 before releasing their critically acclaimed debut EP Wet in May 2014.

“Weak” from Wet’s upcoming album ‘Don’t You’

WET – ” All The Ways “

Posted: January 10, 2016 in MUSIC
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With their debut album coming out January 29th and their first headline tour getting underway on January 24th, 2016 is about to be a very special year for Wet. It feels as if we’ve been waiting years for the trio’s debut album, but the anticipation might just make the payoff that much sweeter. The music that we’ve heard so far from “Don’t You” has been consistently stellar, and on “All The Ways” Wet don’t alter their winning formula.

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Kelly Zutrau’s silken vocals (which come across brilliantly live—make sure you see Wet on tour if you can!) are the song’s centerpiece, but the spare arrangements and subtle vocal layering and effects make it extra special. Thanks to Wet, 2016 is off to a good musical start.

WET – ” Weak “

Posted: September 27, 2015 in MUSIC
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Wet: Why You Need To Know This Brooklyn Trio

Kelly Zutrau was shy and gracious, quietly asking if Joe Valle’s drum pads could be turned up slightly near the beginning of the set; meanwhile, a handful of teenage girls took iPhone videos of themselves passionately mouthing and miming along to the words of the song “Dreams” with their backs to the stage. The performance was unassuming, in the best way; the members of Wet certainly didn’t act like they were the band that many young fans were there to worship, and that many older crowd members were there to discover.
Wet’s self-titled debut EP, released last October on Neon Gold Records, has sold 1,000 copies to date,  But several figures within the music industry seem to think that Wet’s first release is the first precursor to something much bigger.

“We’re talking to a lot of people,” Zutrau cryptically tells Billboard about the Brooklyn trio’s label situation, at an East Village bar the week before the group’s Westway performance. When asked about a timetable for a label deal and the group’s future musical output, the three members of Wet chuckle under their breath about how little they can report. “Right now it’s like, ‘Just keep working until something becomes clear,'” guitarist Marty Sulkow says with a smile.


That stasis at least gives others a chance to catch up to “Wet,” a hypnotic four-song collection defined by the friction between Valle’s brisk percussion movements and Zutrau’s restrained sorrow. Wet’s debut EP was performed at a series of CMJ shows days after its release, and in late November, the group joined CHVRCHES for a string of five live shows. Collectively, the four songs on “Wet” have been streamed 928,000 times on Soundcloud.

The songs that Wet has released thus far are all “breakup songs, at least superficially,” says Zutrau, but that won’t be the case forever. The threesome has been practicing and recording all day in Brooklyn — preparing for the many live shows and debut album that will both inevitably come

The three members of Wet met while Sulkow and Valle attended NYU and Zutrau was a student at Cooper Union in New York, and the trio began making music casually. When Zutrau moved to Providence to attend the Rhode Island School of Design and Valle headed to Los Angeles for a brief period, the three continued to email each other unfinished tracks, and when they reconvened in New York in mid-2012, passing songs back and forth turned into seriously focusing on a handful of tracks.

Zutrau had been performing in musicals since she was a kid — she laughs through a story of singing in a production of “Big” when she was 13 and telling her family that she would be on Broadway when she was 20. Eventually, her musical interests shifted to 90’s R&B, which she nods to in most of Wet’s songs;

Wet started posting demos on Bandcamp as long ago as 2013 . Following the EP release and the resulting rise of touring opportunities (Wet is represented by the Windish Agency), the group was finally able to give up its non-musical jobs and start hunkering down on the project.

The singer promises that some sort of new music from the band is coming “really soon,” and adds that Wet was recently joined by Chairlift’s Patrick Wimberly in the studio. Two more New York shows, at Rough Trade and at the Mercury Lounge will lead into South by Southwest, and the band will also perform at the U.K.’s Great Escape festival in May 2016.

WET – ” You’re The Best “

Posted: August 2, 2015 in MUSIC
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“You’re The Best” from Wet’s upcoming album ‘Don’t You’, Thr track previously appeared on Wet‘s impressive 2014 eponymous EP. In preparation for their upcoming debut full length, “Don’t You”, the group has re-recorded the track as well as supplied fans some slick new visuals, set in their local roller rink.

“One night we were just at the mall skating and I took a video of Joe doing a trick and we realized it would make the perfect video for ‘You’re The Best.’”

Don’t You is due out soon via Columbia Records.

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NYC band Beautiful blend of Slo-mo Electro Pop, Wet’s self-titled debut EP, released last October on Neon Gold Records, has sold 1,000 copies to date, But several figures within the music industry seem to think that Wet’s first release is the first precursor to something much bigger.

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WET – “You’re The Best”

Posted: October 11, 2014 in MUSIC
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Wet from the East Village of New York City and one of the City’s hottest new bands