Casual Strangers

Wedding Album (Split Pursuit)

Texas Platters

Citing John & Yoko's 1969 Wedding Album, Casual Strangers' third disc pays tribute to both its principals' recent marriage and the LP that inspired it, beginning with its carefully duplicated cover. Unlike its precursor, however, this Wedding Album contains actual music. Written and recorded at home – and tweaked by Frenchie Smith at the Bubble – Paul Waclawsky and Katey Gunn-Waclawsky utilize synths and guitars for a gentle soundtrack to their bliss. Digitized "Baby's Happy," robotic "Love You for Life," and the sedately psychedelic "Eyes for You" flash a humor that keeps "aww" from becoming "eww." Near-ambient melodies swell and recede over the pair's electronics, and rhythm remains non-existent; anyone hoping to hear the controlled explosions of Paul's other local band, the Boxing Lesson, will be disappointed. Self-indulgent but charmed, this is a true wedding album – available for those who want to share the couple's joy and unnecessary for anyone else.

***

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Casual Strangers
Free Week Live Shots
Casual Strangers, Blxpltn, Shmu
Mohawk, Jan. 2

Kahron Spearman, Jan. 13, 2017

Texas Platters
Casual Strangers
Pink Panther (Record Review)

Michael Toland, April 8, 2016

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
William Harries Graham
Jakes (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, April 12, 2019

Texas Platters
Rebecca Loebe
Give Up Your Ghosts (Record Review)

Christina Garcia, April 12, 2019

More by Michael Toland
Texas Platters
Tia Carrera
Visitors / Early Purple (Record Review)

April 19, 2019

Steve Gunn Remembers the Stonehurst Cowboy
Steve Gunn Remembers the Stonehurst Cowboy
Guitarist deep dives into the lyrical and familial

April 18, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Casual Strangers

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle