David Wax Museum On World Cafe : World Cafe The band embraces a straightforward pop sound on its new album, Guesthouse. But its Mexican influences are still apparent.

David Wax Museum On World Cafe

David Wax Museum On World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Don't Lose Heart"
  • "Singing To Me"
  • "Dark Night Of The Heart"
  • "Guesthouse"

David Wax Museum is built around the duo of singer-songwriter David Wax and his partner, Suz Slezak. While studying at Harvard, Wax visited Mexico and has maintained an interest in Mexican music ever since. Early on in David Wax Museum's career, the band made a big impact at the Newport Folk Festival by jumping into the audience and playing acoustically using, among other things, a percussion instrument made from a donkey's jawbone.

The band's new album, Guesthouse, shifts slightly away from its Mexican influences and toward a more straightforward pop approach. But in today's session, Wax says the song form of Son Jarocho still informs the music. Hear the full conversation and performance on this page.

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