Lupin is the sound of an arrival. Across eight tracks of subverted, expansive pop, Jake Luppen’s solo debut is all sharp edges, a fractured self-portrait pieced together through left-of-center, funk-leaning maximalism. For Luppen, the process of making the record was one of self-discovery and a path to confidence, learning who he could be – and had always been – as both an artist and simply a person.

Although Luppen rose to prominence as a vocalist and guitarist in St. Paul’s beloved indie outfit Hippo Campus, the songs on Lupin feel like meeting him for the first time. He puts it succinctly: “With this record I wanted to get to the point, and say how things were, as opposed to dancing around them.”

Lupin was an unexpected path to confidence. It also offered an escape from the grind of endless touring and a way for Luppen to process major and stressful life events directly through songwriting. Even so, Lupin has a dynamic brightness. Inspired as much by Charli XCX’s Pop 2 as it is Tears for Fears, ‘80s new wave, and Prince, the genre-bending record holds true to a desire to make ‘80s music filtered through modern technology. Featuring synth and programming contributions from Jim-E Stack and Buddy Ross, Lupin weaves together fragmented drum loops, swooning falsetto, tangles of synths, and sharp guitar-lines, the final product is an off-kilter pop-sheen, one Luppen said was guided more by intuition and feeling than anything else.

Past Shows


Feb
29
th
2024
First Avenue
Feb
29
th
2024
First Avenue

2nd Annual Bangers-Only Ball

with Lupin and Miloe
Sep
23
rd
2022
Fine Line
Sep
23
rd
2022
Fine Line

Landon Conrath

with Lupin and WHY NOT
Dec
26
th
2021
7th St Entry
Dec
26
th
2021
7th St Entry
Cancelled

Gully Boys

December Residency
with King Pari, Lupin and Lars (of Yam Haus)

More Shows

Nov
12
th
7th St Entry

Big D and the Kids Table and We Are The Union

with Devon Kay & The Solutions
Sep
6
th
7th St Entry

Austin Williams

Aug
24
th
Turf Club

Scrunchies

with In Lieu and Mary Jam
Nov
20
th
7th St Entry

Hunter Root