We just listened to Wet's new album Still Run and are feeling extremely fragile as a result. The 10-track collection is consistently emotional throughout, tugging on the guard that protects our innermost insecurities.
The New York-based indie outfit has been on the scene since 2014, coming out of the gate with "Don't Wanna Be Your Girl" which quickly shot to nearly 50 million streams on Spotify alone. Still Run follows their 2016 album, Don't You, and is a slight departure from the feathery and timid sound they were known for before. Vocalist Kelly Zutrau taking creative control resulted in a bolder sound, but one that will still leave you in a puddle of feels.
The album fits together flawlessly, with little pockets of light and folds of darkness balancing each other throughout. Still Runs begins with the title track; a power ballad collaboration with Starchild & The New Romantic containing the painfully honest line,
"It's the hardest thing that I've ever done. To love somebody and still run."
Next comes an uptempo jam, "There's A Reason," which is just begging to be featured in a romantic comedy. The next track, "You're Not Wrong," is a bit more aggressive vocally, and deviates from the rest of the album with a doowoppy piano-heavy vibe. "Lately" is pensive, almost like a moment of realization in itself that asks the question, "What have you done for me lately?"
"Softens" adds to the list of incredibly solid ballads, and "11 Hours" enters an anxiety filled space while exploring the lengths a person will go for the person they love, sometimes ignoring their own needs to do so. "This Woman Loves You" is delightfully folky, and pays homage to the genre while remaining modern with use of synth and vocal effects. "Out of Tune" features quite possibly the best line of the whole album, saying
"My life without you, like a note sung out of tune."
"Visitor" utilizes strings, enhancing Zutrau's pure and innocent voice and adding drama to the track. The final track is titled "Love is Not Enough," and the lyrical content on this one is intricately woven to artistic brilliance.
Wet's new album softens. The lyrics are simple and relatable, detailing the elation that comes with being in love and then the pain of a breakup. Want to feel this album again live? Wet is playing a show soon with Florence + The Machine at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's in Stateline, NV. Definitely not a concert you'll want to miss.