Juan Wauters Who Me? on LP + Download
Over ten years ago, a teenage Juan Wauters came to New York from Uruguay. Quickly after his arrival to the Big Apple, he turned to music to take control of the loneliness that came with his new surroundings. However, his isolation didn’t last long though and, in the Queen’s neighborhood Jackson Heights, he formed The Beets with new friends, garnering a reputation that allowed him to record three albums and tour the U.S. extensively. As the band began to slow down in 2012, Juan had more to say and he kept going on his own with his debut solo album, N.A.P. North American Poetry, released on Captured Tracks in 2014.
Who Me? is the next chapter in the ongoing story of Juan Wauters. Whereas his debut solo record was recorded casually over the course of one year, his new album was crafted in under two weeks at Future Apple Tree in Rock Island, Illinois. Inspired by both the arrangements of Uruguayan songwriter Jaime Roos and the production of American master Dr. Dre, this collection of songs presents his continued approach to existential questioning through pop music.
Tracks like “She Might Get Shot” and “I Was Well,” which may seem like wisdom addressed to the listener, are in fact part of Juan’s reciprocal process of self-actualization through songwriting and performing. Bringing new sounds to his repertoire, “This Is I” and “Through That Red” add a spiritual tone with ethereal string arrangements. Juan’s voice — which has risen to the forefront of his music since his first recordings with The Beets - intensifies with added nuance.
Despite the expansion musically, one thing stays the same: Juan continues to find inspiration in his everyday life. Familiar themes - 90s hip hop, and, of course, his beloved Queens, NY - are still prevalent here and the cover of Who Me?, which was shot on the Queensboro Bridge that goes from midtown Manhattan into the neighborhood that gave us Nas, represents his home borough with the pride we’ve come to expect from Juan. The album’s title refers to catchphrase by regular Howard Stern “Wack Pack” member Beetlejuice, a radio show that Juan religiously has been listening to for years.
“In contrast to his shambolic band’s [the Beets] crude punkish impressions, the man’s solo material hews more acoustic and bare, showcasing his warm voice and knack for, yes, poetry, that feels beamed in from a halcyon era.” - Spin
Juan Wauters Who Me? Track Listing:
1. En Mi
2. Todo Terminó
3. I'm All Wrong
4. There's Something Still There
5. Woodside, Queens
6. Through That Red
8. She Might Get Shot
9. Grey Matter
10. I Was Well
11. Así no más
12. This Is I
13. El Show De Los Muertos