Cigarettes After Sex
About Cigarettes After Sex
Ambient pop collective Cigarettes After Sex grew out of an experimental sound project by songwriter Greg Gonzalez. The band's hushed, dreamy music earned a devoted international fan base in the mid-2010s with a combination of elegantly crafted singles, EPs, and viral YouTube videos, which led up to their 2017 debut. A second album, Cry, appeared in 2019, building on their success.
The group was formed almost accidentally in 2008 while Gonzalez was living in El Paso, Texas. Then a student at University of Texas, he was experimenting with capturing the spacious sound of recording songs in a four-story stairwell at the university. These dreamy tunes 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 "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. One year later, they issued the single "Crush," a track they'd recorded during the same sessions as their debut. In October 2019, they returned with their sophomore full-length album, Cry, which included the single "Heavenly." ~ Fred Thomas
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