25-year-old Los Angeles musician's debut album, "Juno ", is a collage of sounds, emotions and cultural trash filtered through its own single energy.
LOS ANGELES - Remi Wolf Coiled up on an indoor trampoline to park in Van Nuys one August afternoon feeling exhausted She had been busy all day creating buggy visuals for her songs and getting ready for the tour. Then the traffic coming from the EastsIdea of Los Angeles was bad. So, too bad.
She would be ready to sit down and talk by the vending machines in a minute, but she had to bounce back first.
Wolf took off his light purple Crocs and donned the regulation orange socks, which managed to complete his mixed look: a recently resurrected Urban Outfitters top that she got in high school and a promotional cap for a record company that she didn't even sign on her stack of brown curls with. At 25, Wolf was at least a decade older than almost everyone else ricocheting on the trampoline field. She then performed two somersaults forward.
On Friday, Wolf will release their debut album, "Juno ". It's a collection of nerves, anxieties and self-recriminations over bubbling melodies and loose sound collages . “Juno” was largely written and recorded during the pre-vaccine period of the pandemic. While many artists dug into the aesthetic of stillness during this era of isolation, Wolf turned the tumultuous emotions repressed within her into over-colored explosions.
" It's not at all sweet, but it's very introspective, "she said. "I have a lot of energy. As a person, I can just come and go until I crash. And then I'm, like, depressed, or whatever. "
Like the definite nebulous genre of bedroom pop burst au- beyond the barriers of rooms in which hewas made , Wolf became one of his most endearing talents, supported by an unconventional charisma and a powerful voice. "Remi always emphasizes what it means to be pop and what it means to be a pop star - not even belittling it, but just being able to laugh and think about pop music in a whole different way," said Lizzy Szabo, senior. editor at Spotify who oversees Lorem, the influential Gen Z-targeted playlist now part of Wolf's Domination. Image Former competitive skier, Wolf put the dedication she brought to sport to his music. Credit ... Emily Monforte for the Hfrance.fr
Like many people her age, Wolf has a great ability to suck up the often wacky wrecks of the recent past and make her look a lot cooler than she was in the first place. a recent sold-out concert at the Roxy in Los Angeles, Wolf covered MGMT's "Electric Feel", Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" and part of Shaggy's "It Wasn 't Me", all with a relatively straight face .
She found unlikely inspiration in Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, one of the most maligned (if perhaps misunderstood) to make it the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She calls it "my king " (in more emphatic language) and even named one of the best songs in "Juno " "According to him. Like Kiedis's, many of Wolf's words seem entirely associative as it refers to an orgy at Five Guys and a plane flight to Mars.
"I just follow these little wormholes in my head, she says. " I just like to shoot down all the pictures which I think , describe how I feel. "
Despite how insane the lyrics can seem when in isolation, for Wolf there is an internal logic behind all of them. Well, most of them. She knows exactly what she means in her song "Grumpy Old Man " when she says she has "feelings in my feelings "and " violets on my violence ", but admits she came up with a line about having " boobs on my booty "just because those words are fun to sing.
Earlier this year, Wolf released "We Love Dogs! ", a remix compilation of his previous songs. It included renditions of well-known genre twisters like Nile Rodgers and Panda Bear, but also a version of " Photo ID, his most listened to song, with the ascending star Dominique Fike , who has become a friend. "A lot of people have figured out their style or maybe a general sound," Fike said. “There's something special about the way she composes her songs. I have the impression that Remi is a real singer. Every now and then they come, and she is one of them. "
Despite growing up in the town of Palo Alto in the A largely flat, snow-free bay area, Wolf began training in downhill skiing at the age of 8. She spent weekends at a budget hotel in Truckee, a town near the Lake Tahoe. She has been to the Jejunior olympic ows. "I was jumping between different friends all the time so nothing ever felt safe," she said. "I have become very independent and very insular in my own being.
When she was 16 years old, Wolf stopped competing and launched into music with the same resolute spirit that is demanded of athletes. "Once I stopped skiing I was like, " OK, I need something else to do just as intensely and as hard " she declared. She started a duet with her friend Chloe Zilliac called, naturally, Remi and Chloe. At 17, Wolf tried "American Idol " and was invited to Hollywood, but her experience there did not last long.
While participating in an after-school music program, a teacher paired her with another of his students, a young multi-instrumentalist named Jared Solomon. He has themhas Amy Winehouse "Valerie " playing, with her on vocals and he on guitar. "We were immediately like, 'Whoa, you are really good ' ", Wolf said.
Solomon joined the backup group of Remi and Chloe, and they rehearsed in his garage twice a week before he left to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. When Wolf graduated from U.S.C. Thornton School of Music a few years later, Solomon reached out to see if he could crash into her home while passing through Los Angeles as his friend's tour DJ. The two hadn't really spoken for five years; he finally stayed for a week. They experimented with a few songs together during this time, including " Sauce, a jam sy which remains one of Wolf 's most popular tracks. Image " I obviously knew people were like, I was growing up, blah blah blah. Now I'm like, life is all about growing, "Wolf said of life after getting sober." Which never occurred to me. It 's so crazy. " Credit ... Emily Monforte for Hfrance.fr
At the time, she had tried to break into the music industry as a songwriter. "I was on an Adderall band and was psychotic at the time," Wolf recalls. "Then he came on, then we had did our thing and then we were like, damn[expletive]!
Salomon has become and remains Wolf's closest musical collaborator. "We are so connected to each other 's energy, especially musically," said Wolf. "It's hard for people to penetrate that. Wolf produced most of the " Juno "songs with him (he uses the name Solomonophonic), although more established personalities including Kenny Beats and Ethan Gruska , also contributed to a few songs on the album. Solomon also plays in his live band, towering over Wolf in a Pantera T-shirt with cropped sleeves.
The first work Wolf published often leaned towards jazzy soul - which she attributes to her love of major and minor seventh chords - but with " Juno "she widened the scope. Badu remains a constant influence, during the making of the album she listened to artists like Jack White, Beck, Sheryl Crow and MichelleBranch. "I'm kind of a rock singer," Wolf said. "That 's what I started singing, then moved on to more soulful stuff. But I'm a bigger one. I love to scream.
An important moment in Wolf's personal life also had a major impact on "Juno": she entered rehab during the summer of 2020, a change that lasted for at least three years. Before, Wolf said, she drank frequently to the point of passing out. While she said that she was generally able to function in her daily life, she had started to fight with her family, friends and coworkers.
" I did it for myself obviously, but I did it for my career, "she said of her sobriety. " There was just something about me that said to me: "Don't destroy this. Don't destroy your life. '”
Drink Wolf she smelled terrible all the time. Her sobriety revitalized her energy and enthusiasm, but it also forced her to deal with all kinds of emotional issues that she didn't make room for with her goal-oriented approach. "So many things happened that I didn't even know they existed," she said. "I didn't even know what it was like to grow up as a human. I obviously knew people were like, I'm growing up, blah blah blah. Now I tell myself that life is about growing up. Which never occurred to me. It 's so crazy. "
When the interview was over, Wolf went back to the trampolines. She did a few jumps in the air on a gigantic inflatable pillow before deciding to take one last zipline ride. She climbed the steps to the top of the platform, listened to a security spiel from the attendant, then turned around in.ur giving a thumbs up to the security camera mounted on the wall. And then she left.