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Cigarettes After Sex

The band are like their name. Cigarettes After Sex make moody pop that speaks of satin linen and sultry nights. Influences include Beach House, Chris Isaak and The xx. The man behind the arresting name is Greg Gonzalez. A Texan with an admiration for Françoise Hardy and Miles Davis. There's an androgynous, honey-like quality to his voice, enticing to the human ear. The eponymous debut album by Cigarettes After Sex is one of the sweetest auditory experiences of 2017. Every track a warm blanket around the shoulders. The whole thing sounds super-sophisticated. Which is odd, because the album was recorded over three days in a cheap demo studio. The newcomer ‘Cry’ (2019) is the outcome of three long and intensive weeks in Mallorca. Back after last year.

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