Album Review Wet - Letter Blue

Despite the occasional misses you can’t help but enjoy it right alongside them.

Wet - Letter Blue

‘Letter Blue’, the third album from plaintive New Yorkers Wet, is a predictably pretty listen, full of delicate melodies, languid piano and whispered synths. ‘On Your Side’ layers harmonies and choral pads to be later joined by a gentle acoustic guitar: the track moves but never really goes anywhere in particular, and even the addition of bass and a feather-light drum beat can’t change its course. Creaking synths and chiming loops mark out ‘Clementine’, and there’s insistent piano and pitch-shifted yelps across ‘Far Cry’. Yet for all these differences the tracks meet smoothly, blending into one another and making for a mesmerising listen. This isn’t to say it’s boring, though: there’s a playfulness that runs through, even when the lyrics don’t mirror it. ‘Only One’ surprises with a garage-inspired beat, sounding at odds with the track’s mournful vocals, removing them from centre-stage. ‘Letter Blue’ is the sound of a band enjoying what they’re doing and having fun with it, and despite the occasional misses you can’t help but enjoy it right alongside them.

 

As featured in the October 2021 issue of DIY, out now. Scroll down to get your copy.

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