Trying to carve out your own niche within pop’s saturated market is never easy, but Remi Wolf’s debut arrives as a thoroughly modern proposition. From musings on catatonic American suburbia on ‘Liquor Store’ and growing older (and more jaded) on ‘Grumpy Old Man’, the singer takes the driving seat on 21st Century life and lets the passenger ride with no seatbelt. Soaring and musically rich grooves flood each track, ranging from thick Pond-esque synths on ‘Guerilla’ to the kind of smart sampling and patchwork instrumentation reminiscent of M.I.A. The album settles from its technicolour assault in the second half to a smoother ride, swaying instead of galloping and allowing space for howling fuzz box guitar screams and some neatly placed phaser action. ‘Anthony Kiedis’ and ‘Sexy Villain’ are laden with Remi’s token pop culture quips, sometimes overbearing, emphasising her complete immersion into her surrounding cultural landscape. ‘Juno’ buzzes brightly with Remi’s vibrant delivery. Her street-smart poetry is jarringly relatable and is only deliverable by her ultra-versatile voice. Accompanied with her scatter board samples and untold charm, ‘Juno’ is a resounding celebration of existence and Remi Wolf is the MC.
As featured in the October 2021 issue of DIY, out now. Scroll down to get your copy.
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