After his band The Beets organically disbanded a few years ago, Uruguay-born, Queens-based eccentric singer-songwriter Juan Wauters has, armed with an acoustic guitar, been opening up over the course of two solo albums. In the uncomplicated ballad “This Is I,” he swaps out the guitar for some simple synth strings, but the overall tone of exposed honesty is still there; he’s good at bringing on the feelings. In the new music video for the track, Juan Wauters gets knocked around by a gang of badass girls, comforted by a grandma figure and awaits his death by soccer ball. The unusual choice for end credit music (bouncy theme song to the Mexican sitcom “El Chavo del Ocho”) reminds us it’s OK to laugh—even when you’re sad.
Juan Wauters: This Is I