Pop music that most artists couldn’t dream of
Vicky Greer
11:34 12th October 2021

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You only need to hear one Remi Wolf song to remember her name and her music. Embodying sheer pop mayhem that can’t be compared to any other artist, Wolf is radically reinventing the genre on her new LP, Juno. 

The now trademark sound that we’ve heard on standout singles ‘Liquor Store’ and ‘Grumpy Old Man’ threads through the whole album, a cacophony of electricity and adrenaline that will draw even the most sombre listener in. Remi Wolf at her most laidback, taking ‘Volkiano’ for example, still brings ten times more energy than you’ve heard from a pop album before. Her most recent release schedule has seen her dropping songs in twos, revealing over half of Juno before its release. Because of this, there aren’t any particular surprises on the album, instead adding to the animated vibrancy with new tracks.

‘Grumpy Old Man’ is a high point of the album, and that central line of "long hair, long beard, turtleneck sweater" that takes on an exaggerated country twang is certain to be bouncing around in your head all day after you hear it. Her lyrics are bold, and she knows their power, with some of the best lines layered and repeated to further emphasise this prowess. You just can’t argue with the unabashed confidence of lyrics like “Orgy at Five Guys with five guys/ That's ten guys and Holy Christ/ I've never seen more nuts in my life” — can you?

Juno equally stands out for its moments of vocal excellence, where Remi harmonises and massive choruses cement the technicolour quality of the album. Although she frequently describes her music as “reckless” and even “full on psycho”, Juno’s faultless production allows the more outlandish elements to thrive in an environment of organised chaos. 

Every single track on Juno has its place, and while some songs are more muted than the eccentric tracks we know Remi Wolf for, they certainly don’t come off as filler. Instead, they add balance and harmony to a sound that few artists could pull off so seamlessly. In a few cases—such as the spoken word ending of ‘Quiet On Set’—the album ventures into over-the-top, perhaps losing the attention of the listener. But for the most part, the peculiar sonic and lyrical elements of Juno are exactly what makes it so great.

As a first full-length release, Remi Wolf has pulled off pop music that most artists couldn’t dream of. It’s hard to imagine anyone who wouldn’t be captivated by her pure charisma and pop splendour. Juno is both a testament to Remi Wolf’s striking talent and an exciting promise of what is to come.

Juno arrives 15 October via EMI/Island.

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