Cigarettes After Sex
Cigarettes After Sex
Greg Gonzalez of Cigarettes After Sex performing at Positivus Festival in July 2017
|Origin||El Paso, Texas, US|
Cigarettes After Sex is an American ambient pop band formed in 2008, from El Paso, Texas, founded by Greg Gonzalez. The band is known for their ethereal, limerent and often dream-like musical style, lyrics often based on the themes of romance and love, as well as Gonzalez's voice, described as "androgynous". While marketed as an ambient pop band, Cigarettes After Sex are also considered to be shoegaze, dream pop and slowcore.
The band's debut extended play (EP), I., was released in 2012, with the song "Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby" eventually becoming a sleeper hit through commercial licensing. After the release of the standalone single "Affection" in 2015, the band released their self-titled debut studio album on June 2017 to positive reviews.
Cigarettes After Sex was formed in El Paso, Texas, in 2008. Gonzalez recorded the first EP, I., in a four-story stairway at his alma mater, University of Texas at El Paso, calling the experience "basically an accident; kind of an experiment".
Through music recommendations, Cigarettes After Sex became popular on YouTube, leading to live performances across Europe, Asia, and the United States. The band then released their self-titled debut studio album on June 9, 2017.
"Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby" was featured in episode 7 of the first season of The Handmaid's Tale., episode 7 of The Sinner, episode 1 of the first season of Wanderlust, and episode 9 of the eighth season of Shameless.
"K" was featured in episode 2 of the first season of Killing Eve.
Musical style and influences
In a feature for Noisey by Vice, Christina Cacouris describes Cigarettes After Sex as "elemental, hazy and romantic, but with a noir edge underneath Gonzalez's androgynous voice" as well as "sweet and sentimental". "As the band’s name suggests, it’s reminiscent of lying in bed, but its ambient qualities don’t prevent it from being music you can dance to." Gonzalez cites Françoise Hardy as his favorite singer and Miles Davis as having great impact. In an interview with Sound of Boston, he also noted films such as L'Avventura and The Double Life of Veronique were influential to the feel and sound of the music in "Affection" and their LP. The band also includes The Cowboy Junkies' album The Trinity Session, Julee Cruise, and Cocteau Twins as influences. The music blog Eardrums Music describes the band as "slow, dreamy and beautiful with gorgeous, tender vocals and very good lyrics." and compares it to Mazzy Star Music bloggers behind Swell Tone describe Cigarettes After Sex as a band producing "melancholy, slow pop that will sweetly rock any listener into a listless stupor."
Reviewing Affection for Independentmusicnews.com, Jae Pyl concludes that "there’s just such an intimacy to Cigarettes After Sex's sound that it’s impossible to not let it into the pit of your belly."
Since inception in 2008, the group has included a number of different members and collaborators led by Greg Gonzalez:
- Greg Gonzalez – founder, lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass
- Randall Miller – bass
- Jacob Tomsky – drums
- Josh Marcus – keyboards
- Phillip Tubbs – keyboards, electric guitar
- Greg Leah – drums
- Steve Herrada – keyboards
- Emily Davis – acoustic guitar
- Cigarettes After Sex (2017)
- I. (2012)
- "Affection" (2015)
- "K." (2016)
- "Apocalypse" (2017)
- "Each Time You Fall in Love" (2017)
- "Sweet" (2017)
- "Crush" (2018)
- "Sesame Syrup" (2018)
- "Neon Moon" (2018)
- Cigarettes After Sex (Romans 13:9) (2011)
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