New Music Heaven : Cigarettes After Sex

February 11, 2018

Cigarettes After Sex frontman Greg Gonzalez had a clear vision for his band's self-titled debut album, a gorgeously cinematic work.  Cigarettes After Sex unspools like the most achingly romantic of movies: immersive, cohesive and transporting. Swooning in the spirit of influences such as Mazzy Star and Red House Painters, its sumptuous songs of love elevate Cigarettes to the ranks of those acts who create worlds of their own, exciting the most devoted kind of following - for Gonzalez, The Smiths were a reference point.
If the album is the spirit of pop-noir romanticism distilled, it's also grand pay-off for Gonzalez's band's slow-burn gestation. Although Cigarettes seemed to spark into life over one breakthrough weekend in 2015, Gonzalez ignited the project in 2008. Early iterations nodded to 1980s-vintage New Order, Erasure and Madonna, before Gonzalez harkened back to darker influences such as Joy Division for a band makeover. A commitment to confessional, sexualized lyrics stuck early; Leonard Cohen's 'Chelsea Hotel No 2' numbered among Greg's reference points. 

To compliment the album, the band has also released a new radio edit for "K." Hear it all week on 94/7 at 9am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, and 11pm, and let us know what you think by texting HOT or NOT to 44624! When you do, you'll be entered to win tickets to Awolnation at the Crystal Ballroom on March 10th. That's right, we value your feedback that much! 

94/7 Nation members will get a free download of "K." delivered to them this week, thanks to Burgerville.