REASONS TO COME EARLY: Wet
Like an overblown, delicate flower that’s four times the normal size of a regular one, Wet employs an elegant sparseness that strikes hard. Juxtapositions are rampant with Wet. The EP cover displays a black, shapeless, stone statue that, at the same time, has a face and hands that hold more meaning than I can make out. The band’s website, http://kanyewet.biz, is appropriately tongue-in-cheek, but don’t misunderstand - this is a serious affair.
“Feel all those feelings but don’t make that call” is the standout line in the opening song, “Dreams,” which expresses the conflict of emotions that dominate the bulk of the songwriting on the EP. Not to mention, the stutter beat pairs perfectly with the sentiment. These same ideas are again immediately present on the next song, “You’re the Best,” with the line “All I know is / when you hold me / I still feel lonely / lonely when you hold me.” The lyrics are cold, then a guitar strums some warmth into the song. Bright chords and scattered, trappy elements really do an amazing job at masking the desperation of trying to figure it all out.
The entire endeavor leads up to the unfurling of the bloom that is “No Lie,” the final song of the EP. It’s just that - the most honest, straightforward track, exposing raw emotions after so much unsureness. “Rain keeps falling / you don’t call me / I can’t shake this / I’m so anxious,” is sung in the middle of the song before the beat picks up and lead singer Kelly Zutrau sings, “I’ve had enough” and decides it’s “time to give it up.” The soul power behind Wet is finally exuded to close out this spectacularly emotion-filled EP.