<Juan Wauters

Juan Wauters is best known for fronting the Queens-based band the Beets, a lo-fi garage-folk group that has compiled a total of two albums.

Now Wauters has released a solo album entitled N.A.P. North American Poetry out now on Captured Tracks. The music is all about existential, philosophical proverbs as Wauters questions his identity and spits confusing allegories on the difference between thinking and doing.

In light of the new album, Wauters has released a music video for his single “Water,” which was shot in Uruguay’s capital and largest city Montevideo. Created by Matthew Volz, it is meant as a homage to the people’s state of mind, culture, and overall beauty of the city. The footage features Wauters at an array of locations doing seemingly random activities including a carnival, slow dances, fireworks and drunken renditions of “Hey Jude.”

The video does a good job at evoking a kind of fake nostalgia for a place that I’m sure many of us have only dreamed of visiting. It also includes two of Wauters’ musical heroes, Nico Barcia and Ruben Rada.

Watch the video below and be sure to catch Wauters at this year’s Burger Boogaloo in Oakland on July 6.