Wet shares tender new single, “Softens”: Stream

The second single from their as-yet-untitled sophomore album

Wet, photo by Ben Kaye
Wet, photo by Ben Kaye

    Brooklyn synthpop outfit Wet returned last month with their first new single in two years. Titled “There’s a Reason”, the buoyant single and the announcement of a headlining tour served to build anticipation for an upcoming, as-yet-untitled sophomore record. Now, the CoSigned outfit continues to tease its release with another single, the tender, emotional “Softens”.

    In a press release, Wet’s Kelly Zutrau, who wrote the song alongside the band’s Joseph Valle, says the song was born from a personal struggle. “Sometime last winter I was having a hard time on a personal level while the world also seemed like it was in a collectively dark place. I was just feeling like shit and listening to the radio one night while all of these horrible news stories were playing and then I heard this phrase ‘Where Beauty Softens Your Grief.’ It turned out to be a slogan for a funeral home in Harlem. And something about those words and the story behind it really stuck with me. I found that idea so comforting, someone making a place to soften the sometimes harsh reality of being a human.”

    She adds: “When I started writing I really wanted this song to be able to ‘soften’ my own reality at that moment and I was hoping it could do that for people who would listen later. I wanted to create a world for a few minutes that would be a nice place to be. I think that message in the lyrics is really supported by the instrumentation on this one. The production work Joe did for this song is my favorite thing he’s ever done, the outro with all of these interlocking piano melodies and huge drums, that two minutes is the emotional peak of the album.”


    Listen to it below:

    Wet’s upcoming tour kicks off in Philadelphia in May. A release date for the album is forthcoming.

    Wet 2018 Tour Dates:
    05/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Coda *
    05/16 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
    05/19 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
    05/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
    05/23 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
    05/24 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick *
    05/25 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues *
    05/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater *
    05/29 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre *
    05/30 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
    06/01 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
    06/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever *
    06/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey *
    06/06 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *

    * = w/ Inc. No World