Scouting Report: Alt-R&B Trio Wet

During a Feb. 6 performance at the Westway in New York, Brooklyn alt-R&B trio Wet entertained a close-knit crowd that included teenage girls singing along, prominent artist managers and reps for Atlantic, Universal and Columbia. The group's self-titled debut EP, released last October on Neon Gold Records, has sold 1,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But judging by the industry figures who braved the cold to see Wet perform, it may be the precursor to something much bigger.

"We're talking to a lot of people," Kelly Zutrau says about the act's label situation. Guitarist Marty Sulkow chimes in: "Right now it's like, 'Just keep working until something becomes clear.' "

The EP features a mix of dreamy electro beats and fragile vocals that recall the xx and Grimes. Shortly after its release, the trio signed with the Windish Agency for booking and opened for Chvrches at five shows. Zutrau, Sulkow and drummer Joe Valle have left their day jobs to focus on rehearsing and recording, and recently worked with Chairlift's Patrick Wimberly.

"I wake up and I'm anxious to go to work," Zutrau says. "I've never had that before."

Before Wet heads to South by Southwest, the group will play two more New York shows, at Rough Trade (March 8) and Mercury Lounge (March 9).