Wedding Album (Split Pursuit)
Reviewed by Michael Toland, Fri., Oct. 21, 2016
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.