10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cigarettes After Sex frontman Greg Gonzalez uses his music like a diary, each song framing a vivid, intimate memory of a lover or friend. They’re bracingly honest dispatches, recalling moments of helpless obsession (“Sweet”) and snarling at infidelity with dark, profane humor (“Young & Dumb”). Tethered by bittersweet melodies, the band’s slow, hazy pop-noir gives the joy and pain of Gonzalez’s tales time and space to sink in, and your heart might race and break as hard as his on “K” and “Apocalypse.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cigarettes After Sex frontman Greg Gonzalez uses his music like a diary, each song framing a vivid, intimate memory of a lover or friend. They’re bracingly honest dispatches, recalling moments of helpless obsession (“Sweet”) and snarling at infidelity with dark, profane humor (“Young & Dumb”). Tethered by bittersweet melodies, the band’s slow, hazy pop-noir gives the joy and pain of Gonzalez’s tales time and space to sink in, and your heart might race and break as hard as his on “K” and “Apocalypse.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
69 Ratings
69 Ratings
Chinesemuchacho

Decent vibe, no range.

The music is moody, the lyrics are intense and visceral, unfortunately the vocals are boring and mundane. Every song sounds the same vocally. At least of the 5 I previewed here. It would be nice if the singer showed some depth, range and emotion within instead of emo monotoned.

Tamiddb

Current favorite band

I bought apocalypse after just hearing it once. Finally had to go search out more and couldn’t decide so bought the whole album which I rarely do anymore. Love it.

Mon_Choo

Have on repeat - and then I play over and over and over and ...

I discovered the band from a single on a compilation (I thought it was a woman at first but saw a video in which it showed a beared guy singing) and have fallen in love with them! I read a review that the singers favorite singer is Francoise Hardy (which is great to see someone say in an interview and uber cool). Love that the singer is Latino. Would love to hear him do something in Spanish one day too.

About Cigarettes After Sex

Ambient pop collective Cigarettes After Sex were formed almost accidentally in 2008 by songwriter and bandleader Greg Gonzalez. While living in El Paso, Texas, Gonzalez was experimenting with capturing the spacious sounds of recording songs in a four-story stairwell at the University of Texas. These dreamy songs would make up the first Cigarettes After Sex EP, I., which would see release in 2012. After relocating to Brooklyn, Gonzalez continued work on the band, enlisting the help of a loose cast of collaborators including Phillip Tubbs, Randy Miller, Jacob Tomsky, Steve Herrada, Emily Davis, and Greg Leeah. Output from the collective appeared mostly in the form of singles, EPs, and immensely popular YouTube clips. One of their most notable tracks was a 2015 reworking of REO Speedwagon's power ballad hit "Keep on Loving You." Following a swell of attention online, work was begun on a full-length debut. The self-titled effort arrived in 2017, almost a decade after the band's inception. ~ Fred Thomas

ORIGIN
El Paso, TX
FORMED
2008

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