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Wet / Self Titled: EP Review
Brooklyn trio Wet

Brooklyn trio Wet

By Tanya Rae

Brooklyn indie-pop/indie-rnb trio Wet, released their self titled EP in October 2013 on Neon Gold Records. Having previously opened for Chvrches, the pop three piece are set to support London Grammar on their 2015 Australian Tour. They have since announced two headline shows in March, at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on March 10 and at Howler in Melbourne on March 13.

The band is comprised by Kelly Zutrau, Martin Sulkow and Joe Valle. Their four track EP Wet boasts the fluid, sugary vocals of Zutrau in the first track Dreams, which is sure to get you swaying from side to side and stupidly smiling like you would at your first high school crush, following the opening line "some days just aren't good for anything at all...". It's simple yet well executed style allows Zutrau to playfully swing from note to note.

Wet's second track You're The Best (above) is mellow, catchy and dreamy and has more of a country/folk sweetheart-sound to it's touching vocals:

"All I know is
I can't focus
On these arms around me
Think of how you found me
Found me in those arms
So large and dark and holding on"

Don't Wanna Be Your Girl, the third track off their EP, is an angelic-yet-moody break up track swarming with emotion but also a sort of sultry breeziness.

Their last track No Lie teeters more towards alternative RnB, with slower repetitive background beats it is a little darker than the previous tracks, but the perfect ending to a short but oh-so sweet debut EP.

While the self titled EP made it's debut on Neon Gold Records in the states in 2013, it was released in Australia in May 2014 via National Anthem, a label that introduced Chvrches and Haim. Preview their debut EP Wet below:

https://soundcloud.com/wet/sets/wet-ep

Snap up tix for their Sydney show here: http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/wet/73915

Artists to Watch in 2015: Ibeyi
French-Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz (Photos via The Guardian)

French-Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz (Photos via The Guardian)

By Tanya Rae

Twenty year old twin sisters and mystic beauties Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz have just released their self-titled, full length debut album Ibeyi, on British independent record label, XL Recordings. The French Cuban musical duo released their Oya EP in June 2014, showcasing their extraordinary talent and releasing music videos for tracks Oya and Mama Says, on YouTube.

The Cuban born and Paris-raised twins sing in English, Spanish, French and Yoruba, a Nigerian language that travelled to Cuba via slavery in the 1700's. They often sing of heritage, family and loss, a reoccurring theme in their highly emotive music. Their father, renowned Cuban percussionist Angá Diaz, passed away when the twins were eleven, as well as their older sister Yanira, to whom they often dedicate their music.

"Ibeyi" translates to to "twins" in Yoruba, the official language of the West African ethnic group, who have the highest twinning rate in the world. Twins are widely celebrated in Yoruba villages and Ibeyi (pronounced ee-bey-ee) embrace their connection to the culture.

"[On Yoruba music] It's heavy on bass with a lot of repetition and chanting. It's about nature and spirituality."

"It's what we grew up listening to. It's a part of us."*

Ibeyi released singles for tracks Oya, Mama Says, Ghosts and River, before announcing a tour of Europe and the US for 2015. Their debut album (which took only three months to produce) was released on iTunes yesterday and features thirteen tracks. Check out one of my personal favourites, Ghosts, below (It's genuine, warm and truly enchanting). Seriously.

The twins flawlessly compliment one another, physically and musically. Lisa wears an impressively regal afro, plays piano, writes the song lyrics and sings main vocals, while Naomi, the slightly older of the two, sports emerald green eyes, plays the percussive instruments (the cajón and the batá) and sings back up vocals. In interviews they often finish each other sentences and speak at the same time. Together they personify the melody and the rhythm. Yin and Yang.

Ibeyi shared their debut album online to stream a few days ahead of release, which was scheduled for the 16th of Febuary on iTunes. It's lively, it's melancholic and it's absolutely spellbinding. Expect goosebumps.

While there is little variation between the thirteen tracks, Lisa's mature, haunting voice (and widened vocal range) has the ability to crawl under your skin and speak directly to your heart. Naomi's tribal percussive beats provide the perfect backdrop. Their songs are layered and often drawing from soul, hip hop and classical inspirations. Mama Says is a highlight, creating an eerily beautiful form of nostalgia, however, their live performance utterly destroys and wins over the version recorded on their album. It's no wonder these girls are my pick for artists to watch in 2015. Stream their album below: 

http://diymag.com/2015/02/13/ibeyi-stream-their-debut-album-ahead-of-release

*Taken from interview with Ibeyi on YouTube