Video Premiere – Juan Wauters, ‘Goo’

A strange thing happens when you go to a Juan Wauters show – or at least it did when I saw the Uruguay-born Beets raconteur a few weeks ago in Brooklyn. House lights dip to black. A shady sillhouette files on stage, in front of a weird, handcrafted DIY backdrop. Grabbing his guitar, his face is lit only by a flickering horror film bulb taped to his microphone stand. It’s all very Blair Witch – or would were it not for the man’s disarming catalogue of scrappy, irresistably simple lo-fi charmers, played without interruption, one segueing straight into the next. A little bit Mac DeMarco, a little bit Daniel Johnston, with a feversome South American lilt, Wauters is a cult hero around his native Queens, which he takes us on a grainy VHS trip around in his new video for ‘Goo’. The track’s a highlight from his excellent, overlooked recent debut album ‘North American Poetry’, released earlier this year on Captured Tracks.