“Our album is a combination of different things you wouldn’t think would work together,” says Kelly Zutrau, the pop-meets-folk-meets-R&B band’s lead singer, of debut LP Don’t You (Columbia, January 29). Wet blew up in late 2014 with “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl,” a breakup ballad featuring Zutrau’s deep, soulful vocals, minimalist guitar riffs and electronic beats—it’s just one standout from their acclaimed self-titled EP.
With a fast-growing following (including Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian), Wet holed up in snowy rural Massachusetts to self-produce the record. “We were making music that sounded exactly like the music we loved,” says Zutrau, who grew up listening to folk and country. “There was no sense of what’s cool or what should we be trying to sound like.” Wet’s new tracks pick up right where they left off, expanding their sound to include pianos, acoustic guitars and other analog touches that set them apart from the crowd. They may make the kind of alt-R&B that is oh-so trendy nowadays (and have the North American headlining tour starting this winter to prove it; in Montreal February 2, Toronto February 3) and Vancouver February 10, but they are always firmly, fiercely themselves.