A colourful kick to the face, there's nothing junior about Remi Wolf 's debut album. Riding on the viral waves of TikTok, "Photo ID" brought the vibrant energy of Wolf to the masses. Now, Juno plays with the parameters of pop, combining traditional structures with experimental upbeat melodies and funk. Wolf's debut veers into hyper indie.
"I fit my family dynamics / Like a Red Hot Chili Pepper," Remi Wolf sings on "Anthony Kiedis," a giddy pop anthem named after the RHCP frontman. And even though the song sounds nothing like its namesake, Wolf actually does a pretty damn good job at embodying everything that's good about Red Hot Chili Peppers: Juno is funky, horny, funny and packed to the brim with summery hooks, all of which disguises an undercurrent of emotional pain fuelled by addiction. (Wolf spent time in rehab for alcohol in 2020.) She's even from California, just to really complete the picture.
Juno channels those familiar characteristics through an extremely modern sound that blends the futuristic energy of hyperpop with a grab bag of soul and hip-hop.
Remi Wolf's musical and lyrical language speaks in zany technicolor. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter opened "Doctor," the first song on her 2019 debut EP You're a Dog!, by promising, "I'd literally pee outside for you on Hollywood Boulevard." Last year, Wolf released a follow-up, I'm Allergic to Dogs!, and notched her biggest hit to date with "Photo ID," an ironic quarantine-era anthem ("Inside, that's where we can be free!") with a surreal, hyper-saturated animated video. On her new full-length, Juno, she hones her scatterbrained Californian pop into an effervescent, hook-filled record that flirts with weighty emotions but often swerves for the safety of a joke.
California's latest genre-bending super-talent Remi Wolf has already proven to be the next big thing, but with 'Juno' she further reinstates this expectation, as the 25-year-old gives us one of the most exciting debuts coming out of the indie-pop sphere in the last decade. Throughout the 13 songs, she intertwines core peppy get-out-and-dance-in-the-street pop vocal and instrumental themes with electro undertones, R&B baselines and the witty, clever lyricism seen in hip-hop. First track, 'Liquor Store', pulls the listener in with its driving by the ocean, blasting the stereo kind of vibes whilst being intriguing enough to prompt excitement for the rest of the album.