Cigarettes After Sex have made a big splash in 2017. Despite the dodgy name, the music is great. Affection, the El Paso, Texas band’s debut single, finally gets a physical release on 7” after previously only being available as a download. Buy this and discover where it all began for the ambient pop maestros.
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Their name is still a hilarious mistake to me, but as an office we’re fated to really enjoying Cigarettes After Sex and their dreams of disaffection. With their lovely, lightly swaying guitars and the coats of effects that distance us from them, they usher in a whole new twilight of slowcore. “Affection” sees them take a heavy weight and convert it to feathers, with high-drama lyrics like “What if I told you to go f___ yourself?” turned into stargazing murmurs. The guitars float in and out of the song like they’re decorating an empty space and then you probably start crying -- if you’re anything like us.
Flip “it” (the 7” I probably should’ve told you that I’m talking about) and learn to treasure bonus song “Keep On Loving You”, a cover of REO Speedwagon turned into a paean in the Cigarettes After Sex house style -- a bassline that carries the song on when it can barely be called a song, plus a casually distraught vocal and an occasional jangle of long forgotten guitar. We're still surprised how special this band is.
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