Remi Wolf’s California Pop Sunshine
IN 2014, Remi Francis Wolf was a 17-year-old contestant on American Idol. The Los Angeles native didn’t win, and maybe that’s a good thing, because in the intervening years she’s discovered her own freewheeling pop voice. Wolf’s LP Juno is one of this year’s coolest debuts, a fun, brash mix of disco, rap, and avant-bubblegum that can suggest a wry Gen Z version of Beck’s Odelay. Wolf dubs herself a “sexy villain,” brags about holding it down at the liquor store, and compares her “family dynamics” to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, radiating joy in
time in history when admitting it’s all right to feel good is a bold move.