LOS ANGELES – Remi Wolf weathered the pandemic in 2020 the same way so many others: walling up in his apartment and sympathizing with his dog.
Wolf, 25, named his dynamic debut album “Juno”, due for release on Oct. 15, in honor of his steadfast companion. “Juno was there writing every song on the album,” she says of her pup. “He was my boyfriend every second of the day: pissing on the floor, throwing up all over the place. “
Those who have followed Wolf’s rise since his “You’re a dog!” EP in 2019 shouldn’t be surprised by the canine angle. Her 2020 follow-up EP was called “I’m Allergic to Dogs!” and earlier this year she released “We Love Dogs! , A remix album starring Beck, Nile Rodgers, Sylvan Esso and others. Each release reflected Wolf’s clever and lyrically playful way with dance pop, and was accompanied by colorful videos in which she performed amid computer-generated clones of herself.
Wolf got her first glimpse of national attention in 2014 when, as a high school student, she traveled to Hollywood from her native Palo Alto to audition for “American Idol.” Although she was unsuccessful as a contestant, she made a brief TV appearance during the auditions – and walked away from the experience knowing she had no interest in TV success – reality. She released her first track on Island Records five years later, after graduating from USC’s Thornton School of Music.
The 13 songs in “Juno” feature a kitchen sink-style approach that reflects the music she and her collaborator, Jared Solomon, listened to during the build of the record: Janet Jackson, Beck, Santana, Jack White, the new duo. – 1990s Yorker Cibo Matto and singer-songwriter Michelle Branch.
On “Juno,” Wolf’s hyper-verbal name checks out Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie, DJ Peanut Butter Wolf and UFC fighter Conor McGregor. The second track, “Anthony Kiedis”, is a tribute to the singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“It’s a very LA record,” says Wolf. On the clever “Grumpy Old Man”, Wolf raps about being “so defensive, I got bongos banging in my chest” and punctuates the track with the chorus of screaming, “I have long hair, long hair. beard, a turtleneck sweater. ” “Juno’s” debut single, “Liquor Store,” got a boost when celebrity offspring Willow (as in Smith) covered it on Instagram. (Other IG fans include John Mayer and Camila Cabello.) It’s a song about a self-described “Thrift Store Villain with My Booty on the Sink”.
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