“La Onda de Juan Pablo is a rich travelogue packed into 10 effervescent tracks…. a sonically rich, emotionally textured work, driven by the relationships that organically emerged as Wauters found collaborators in every new country he visited.” – Nylon
“The album is picaresque in its depictions of everyday heroes and their daily quests against the decidedly frenzied backdrop of the Uruguayan singer’s American transplant sensibilities.” – NPR
“[Waters] has proved himself to be something of an unrelenting force of joy. His songs are simple little sing-alongs that bask in a youthful naivety.” – Pitchfork
“[Wauters] music… conjures up the folk titans who haunted the streets and coffeeshops of Greenwich Village back in the ’60s.” – AV Club
Today, Juan Wauters announces his digital EP, Más Canciones de la Onda, out June 3 via Captured Tracks / Remote Control Records. With the announcement he shares the first single ‘Muy Muy Chico.’Wauters says, “the only time I left the cities where I was during the trip when I recorded La Onda de Juan Pablo was in Chile. I travelled to the south of Chile to visit a friend’s friend. There in Pucón, in the Andes mountain range, I wrote and recorded ‘Muy Muy Chico.’ This was the only song I did on the trip just by myself. It does not include anyone else playing anything. It’s just me and the guitar. The song was meant that way. It talks about how sometimes a person would obsess over someone else’s height and sees themselves smaller not realizing that everyone’s height is different. It’s really a criticism about the way the system we live under is designed to pile us against each other and not reward us independently for our own virtues.”Listen here.
Más Canciones de la Onda is comprised of five unreleased songs, recorded by Wauters as he was traveling South American to write the critically acclaimed La Onda de Juan Pablo. “These songs are not B-sides or outtakes. These are songs I really like. The only reason they didn’t make it on the album is because I thought the other ones flowed better together as a whole. In fact, some of these unreleased tracks are among my favorite ones from that time in my life,”Wauters explains.
On this EP, Wauters presents songs recorded in Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico and Chile, each with their own themes, and his journey ends right back where he started – at home, making music with friends. His immigrant’s side. His sense of belonging. His social life and his use of language. His need to work. And the even stronger need that his work doesn’t become monotonous. They are the same person: one among the whole crowd. He is here to share his songs, his field recordings, his videos and his live performances. Everything comes from the same creative head. Everything springs up with the same intention – not intentional at all – to express himself freely.