If Juan Wauters didn’t exist, New York would have to invent him. The Uruguayan-born musician moved to the city with his family as a teenager and has called Queens his home ever since. As a songwriter — first with his punk band The Beets, and, since 2014, as a solo artist — Wauters exemplifies a strange kind of charm that seems distinct to New York: His work is smart, flinty, and not naive to the worst ways of the world. His records are recorded quietly and with sparing instrumentation, as if he’s trying his best to respect a sleeping neighbor.
Welcome to the April edition of the Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions podcast—your monthly installment of conversations about music. This episode: Jonathan Rado of Foxygen unpacks “Seeing Other People,” Rozi Plain talks Sun Ra, and Juan Wauters on “La Onda de Juan Pablo” and “Introducing Juan Pablo.”