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On April 13th, 2018, Boston-born and currently Brooklyn-based indie pop band Wet released their new single “Softens,” which was the second single they released from their upcoming second album after the first single “There’s a Reason.”
“Softens,” which is five minutes and forty five seconds long, features Wet’s lead singer Kelly Zutrau singing in a heart-tugging way and a normal volume to slow, punchy piano and drum beats. This song is different from Wet’s earlier music because it has a less upbeat tempo and it’s not about the relationship difficulties Wet usually releases music about.
In a press release, Zutrau, who wrote “Softens” with Wet’s pianist, drummer, and producer Joseph Valle, says this song was inspired by her personal struggle: “Sometime last winter, I was having a hard time on a personal level while the world also seemed like it was in a collectively dark place. I was just feeling like shit and listening to the radio one night while all of these horrible news stories were playing and then I heard this phrase ‘Where Beauty Softens Your Grief.’ It turned out to be a slogan for a funeral home in Harlem. And something about those words and the story behind it really stuck with me. I found that idea so comforting, someone making a place to soften the sometimes harsh reality of being a human. When I started writing, I really wanted this song to be able to ‘soften’ my own reality at that moment and I was hoping it could do that for people who would listen later. I wanted to create a world for a few minutes that would be a nice place to be. I think that message in the lyrics is really supported by the instrumentation on this one. The production work Joe did for this song is my favorite thing he’s ever done, the outro with all of these interlocking piano melodies and huge drums, that two minutes is the emotional peak of the album.”
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The first verse of “Softens” is “If you’re needing something/ You’re looking for comfort / Something stable, I hope I’ll be able / If you’ve lost your way / You don’t know your place / The sun hits the table / At a beautiful angle.” The second verse is “To light up your life / And you’ll need it most in the dark in the dead of the night / Light up your life / And you’ll need it most in the dark in the dead of the night.”
“Softens” is a powerful and emotional song everyone can relate to when they’re going through dark moments in their lives because of their struggles with their relationships, their families, or other things in their lives. In addition to that, this is also a song everyone who’s tired of the excessive number of devastating events that have been occurring in our world such as mass shootings can relate to.
No matter why you’re feeling down, remember that you’re not alone because you have support from the people in your life. Remember that you have the power to help end the issues that have been occurring in our world and take action to try to help do that because if more people work together to try to do that, change will come. Try to stay positive and let beauty soften your grief.
Listen to “Softens” below.
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