“I’d like to explain to you why there’s a turtle movie playing,” yells Joe Valle, the producer and multi-instrumentalist of the band Wet. A movie called Turtle: The Incredible Journey plays on two TVs in front of him in a room at Electric Lady Studios, while his band’s debut album, Don’t You, plays at full volume. The explanation, Valle says, is that mix engineer Tom Elmhirst worked on Wet’s album here while playing lots of nature videos, so the turtles are a tribute to him. That the reptiles’ actions sync so eerily well with the band’s songs is simply a coincidence.

Wet’s listening party begins in 40 minutes, and the band’s team from Columbia Records is trying to nix the bass feedback coming off the vinyl they hope to play to a crowd of roughly 100 people. This moment feels like a long time coming to Wet. Kelly Zutrau, the group’s lead singer and songwriter, started writing songs for their album in January 2014, and Valle and guitarist Marty Sulkow put the finishing touches on it in spring 2015. The band thought it would come out that October at the latest, but Columbia, the band’s label since spring 2014, pushed back the release to Jan. 29, 2016. A Columbia rep says, “The band had a few changes during the mastering process so together we decided to release the album the top of the new year, in time with their headline tour.”

Two of the album’s songs—an early version of “You’re the Best” and “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl”—have been with the band since they appeared on Wet’s self-titled debut EP, which came out on Neon Gold in the fall of 2013. The boutique New York City label has also released music with HAIM, Charli XCX, Tove Lo, and other artists known for pushing pop’s boundaries, making it a natural home for Wet until they got picked up by Columbia.

Before the EP, Wet’s music either went to Bandcamp or stayed in house, circulating through emails after Zutrau and Valle moved out of New York City after college. The three played together in larger bands when they met through friends as undergrads, but they split after graduating. Zutrau headed to RISD in Providence, R.I., for grad school, and Valle went to L.A., but Sulkow never left the city. His Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment became home to all three of them when Valle and Zutrau moved back in 2012.

From the beginning, Zutrau has always written the band’s songs and based her lyrics around her relationships. This results in lines like “All I know is, when you hold me, I still feel lonely,” which would make Wet’s music seem unbearably depressing were it not for the hope in Zutrau’s voice. She has a bright, stark sound that cuts through the watery production and guitar parts in which Valle and Sulkow, respectively, surround her.

Describing Wet’s sound as liquid-like is not just some cute pun: The music floats and bubbles, and an echo effect creates a sustained ripple in the notes both sung and played. There are no heavy drums, which maintains the languid atmosphere, and that, along with Zutrau dotting her music with “Baby, baby, baby”s and heart-on-her-sleeve levels of pleading, gives the songs an R&B lean; however, other elements—the electric guitar, the wispy pop melodies—prevent them from fitting squarely in that genre. Their atmospheric style has found fans in hip-hop and led to outreach from Kanye West’s team (they sent songs but have yet to hear back), a remix from Clams Casino, and even a collaboration-in-progress with Nineteen85, one of Drake’s go-to producers on songs like “Hotline Bling,” “0-100/The Catch Up,” “Too Much,” and others.  

Wet might already be over the honeymoon phase with their album, but listeners will get a chance to catch up this Friday when Don’t You finally drops. On it they’ll find previously released tracks like “Weak”—a vulnerable song that is hard to look away from and has a video to match—a revamped version of “You’re the Best,” as well as more singles, EP cuts, and a handful of new material. No matter when the songs came about, they all join together seamlessly to make one dreamy abstraction of an album guided by an honest inner monologue. This is music that will put you in your feelings, and that is exactly where Wet wants you to be.