Wet, Kelsey Lu | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Wet, Kelsey Lu 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Feb. 5, 10 p.m. 2016

Spun as minimal electro-pop, of which they have plenty, Brooklyn-based trio Wet tend to stretch out in the gentle space cleared between between muffled staccato beats and swells of celestial synths. So much of that happens via front woman Kelly Zutrau, who spreads her breathy, R&B-tinted vocals over each cut on the new Don’t You (Columbia), a major-label debut predictably foreshadowed by a holy-hyped 2013 EP that effectively scooted its way across tastemaking indie-music blogs. An easygoing slow jam like “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl”—found on both the EP and full-length—is undeniably dependent on the charisma and shimmy of Zutrau to guide it along, so much so that she almost distracts you from noticing the rhythmic variations in the song, or the subtle fade-ins and fade-outs of synth magic. Her soulful, almost throwback vocals become hypnotic as they softly cut through tracks like seeds from a maple tree helicoptering across a slight breeze on a humid day.

Kevin Warwick

Price: sold out

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