Juan Wauters has revealed a video for his new single “Blues Chilango,” taken from the forthcoming new LP La Onda de Juan Pablo out January 25 via Captured Tracks. Of the single Juan notes, “This is the first song I wrote during the time I lived in Mexico. There are two parts to it: one mentions snippets of my daily living in my neighborhood (Santa Maria la Ribera) and the other part is three observations on their subways system.
When it came time to record this song, I knew I wanted to do it in Mexico. I recorded the guitars and the vocals in my room in Tlatelolco. After that I invited Izakúm to do the percussions. Once the song had a structure I started to look for a saxophone player. I looked endlessly and asked everyone I knew but could not find one in Mexico. In the end, this worked in my favor. My next destination was San Juan, PR and there I came across Juan Botta. One afternoon, he came to where I was staying and we worked the arrangement together. He did a beautiful job at doubling the saxophone solo to get that bigger, richer sound.” Watch the video here.
Wauters has previously shared “A Volar” which Brooklyn Vegan called is “a very sweet, a nice little slice of life” and “Guapa.” He will be hitting the road in support of La Onda de Juan Pablo with dates that kick off in Philadelphia on January 17. He plays Brooklyn‘sThe Knitting Factory on January 18 and Gold Diggers in Los Angeles on January 25. All dates are listed below.
Until this point in his career, Latin American artist Juan Wauters has recorded most of his songs in English. Revisiting his Latin roots he was inspired to record in his native tongue and La Onda de Juan Pablo,is the result. The LP is sung entirely in Spanish and recorded with local musicians along his many travels.
After releasing two critically acclaimed albums on Captured Tracks, 2014’s N.A.P.: North American Poetry and 2015’s Who Me?, Wauters took time to pause and rethink his life, art and career. As both time and place often have a unique influence on music, Wauters originally planned to record his next album while traveling, seeking a break from his life in New York City, the city he has called home since moving from Montevideo in 2002. He settled in Mexico City in 2017 to focus on writing. However, shortly after, he was offered a role in an independent film being shot in Argentina. Never one to turn down a creative opportunity, Wauters packed up his 100 pound mobile recording studio into two suitcases and took off to Buenos Aires. When filming was complete, Wauters wound up writing and recording all over Latin America – from Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, and Chile to Mexico and Puerto Rico – seeking collaboration at every stop with local musicians who embody the traditions and energies specific to each region.