Los Angeles indie-pop singer and songwriter Remi Wolf announced the upcoming release of her debut album Juno, set to come out on October 15; she also shared two singles from the record, “Quiet on Set” and “Grumpy Old Man.”
After appearing on American Idol in high school, moving to Los Angeles, and graduating from USC, Remi Wolf began releasing music in 2019. With her first three EPs, she garnered a significant following in indie-pop circles with a cohort of devoted fans self-dubbed “remjobs.”
Wolf has recently broken from the indie scene into mainstream popularity, with her music appearing on Apple Music’s New Music Daily playlist, and collaborating with the likes of Dominic Fike and Beck. Her music has been praised by authoritative voices such as Pitchfork, the New York Times, and Time magazine.
Back in August, she shared “Liquor Store,” the first single from Juno, as well as the non-album single “Liz.” Her last EP We Love Dogs! came out earlier this year.
“Quiet on Set” was born from a jam session, but it ended up as a surprisingly straightforward rap song. It rides a hard-edged groove with tough drums and fat, sinister bass. Wolf raps the chorus with an atypical aggressiveness that matches the beat’s tone. It is accompanied by a music video with a retro-style video slightly reminiscent of the work of someone like Jack Stauber.
“Grumpy Old Man” has a similarly old-school video, but it is a wildly different song. It is much lighter and groovier, with a laidback breakbeat and looping bassline; Wolf eschews rapping and sings the entire song. She sings from the perspective of the titular character, articulating the interior insecurity and frustration behind his rude behavior.
The release will be accompanied by a short fall tour in the US, with stops in Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Brooklyn in the last week of September and early October. All four shows have already sold out.