The John-Pauls

Forget to Remember to Forget (Aagoo)

Texas Platters

Cerebral, cleverly crafted, Forget to Remember to Forget is told from the point of view of male/female narrators who can't turn off their brains to the tiny terrors of everyday life. Repeatedly mesmeric, the local quintet's guitar-driven warmth recalls Nineties slowcore icons Bedhead in mellowed aesthetic, and the Feelies and Yo La Tengo's enduring indie rock romanticism. Phillip Niemeyer and Mikila Zaorski trade vocal duties from song to song, making TJP's debut long-player play out like real-time conversation, the former's bratty, deadpan delivery contrasting Zaorski's wispy, aching voice. "Let's Burn Down Westlake" imagines doing just that with 50-cent lighters and a restrained recklessness, while closer "I Am a Songbird" veers off into garage lo-fi. Thinly veiled frustration pulses in album standout "The House-Husband Stomp," a hopeful piano overlaid on the anchor of Chronicle Listings Editor Mark Fagan's steady, sweeping guitar line. On "Backwards Disaster," Zaorski sings, "Two drinks, political discussions/ Eight drinks more, and he's hitting on her cousin's wife," her gentle voice painting the tragic comedy of dysfunctional domesticities in pastel, rosy hues. That's a thread worth unraveling on Forget to Remember to Forget.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 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  

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Libby Webster
ACL Live Review: Nilüfer Yanya
Nilüfer Yanya
English singer-guitarist animates acclaimed Miss Universe

Oct. 7, 2019

ACL Live Review: Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish
Superstar teen proves she should’ve been a headliner

Oct. 6, 2019


the John-Pauls

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

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

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