So far this year Juan Wauters released his debut solo album, N.A.P. North American Poetry, and joined labelmate Mac DeMarco for his North American tour, excluding the west coast dates. Up next for the charismatic musician, more touring! Next Wednesday Wauters plays New Haven, CT before heading out west for a string of dates and will then return to the east coast to play Northside Festival in Brooklyn before joining Crystal Stilts for a run of dates in June.
And just announced today, Juan will join The Julie Ruin, Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong and Nude Beach at Village Voice’s 4Knots Festival later this summer.
Full dates below!
05/07 – New Haven, CT – BAR
05/15 – San Diego, CA -Soda Bar
05/16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
05/17 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern
05/20 – Eugene, OR – The Boreal
05/21 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
05/22 – Seattle, Washington – Lo-Fi Performance Gallery
05/24 – Vancouver, BC – The Fox Cabaret
06/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw – Northside Festival
06/14 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel^
06/15 – Baltimore, MD – OttoBar^
06/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo^
06/17 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s^
06/18 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle^
06/19-21 – Toronto, ON – NXNE
06/22 – Hudson, NY – The Half Moon
07/06 Oakland, CA – Burger Boogaloo
07/12 New York, NY – 4Knots
^ W/Crystal Stilts
“sweet folk tunes and an exposed voice.”
“folk-oriented sound closer to Daniel Johnston or Syd Barrett than the Troggs”
“solo material hews more acoustic and bare, showcasing his warm voice and knack for, yes, poetry that feels beamed in from a halcyon era.”
“beautiful acoustic melodies and a vintage, retro feel that is reminiscent of a Latin American Cat Stevens or Rodriguez”
“full of perky melodies and lo-fi drum cracks”
Pigeons & Planes
1. Let Me Hip You To Something
2. Sanity or Not
3. Lost in Soup
4. Escucho Mucho
5. Woke Up Feeling Like Sleeping
8. All Tall Mall Will Fall
9. Continue To Be You
10. Breathing (feat. Carmelle)
11. How Do They All Do? (feat. Carmelle)
12. Ay Ay Ay
In 2000, Alberto Wauters left Uruguay to live in a basement in Queens. Two years later he called his son, Juan, to join him. Juan Wauters crossed the threshold into manhood when he arrived in New York. Working at a factory, the father and son pooled their money to bring their family to the borough of opportunity. With no friends to speak of, Juan turned to music to take control of the loneliness of his isolation. Juan was inspired by his new neighborhood of Jackson Heights and delighted to find that his library card gave him access to an abundance of new music.
In his debut solo record, N.A.P. North-American Poetry, Wauters dreams big; coming into his own as a singer. Building on his songwriting, popularized by The Beets, Juan presents introspective tracks, like “Water” and “Sanity”, and reflections on humans’ relationship with technology in songs like Breathing—which features Carmelle Safdie. The record is completed, as always, by the artwork of dear friend and longtime collaborator Matthew Volz, who has honed the trademark visual aesthetic of Juan’s music. This album is a selection of recordings made between the fall of 2010 and the summer of 2012 at Marlborough Farms. N.A.P. delivers a fresh sound and lyrical candor from one of Queens’ most idiosyncratic adoptive sons.
Live, Juan shares the stage with a revolving cast of international musicians of the highest caliber: vocalist Carmelle Safdie (Israel), multi-instrumentalist Tall Juan Zaballa (Argentina), percussionist Chie Mori (Japan), and flutist Amanda Rodi (Mexico). Matthew Volz heightens this lively and mood-altering experience with his painted banners, personal objects and manually manipulated light show. The ensemble is not to be missed.