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Partisan Records - PTKF2146-3
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Cigarettes After Sex' self-titled debut 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.
On album opener 'K.', a tale of blossoming love etched in tiny details luxuriates over chiming guitars; on the hymn to the romantic compulsion of 'Each Time You Fall in Love', the suspended animation of Angelo Badalamenti's heart-stopping Twin Peaks music is echoed. 'Sunsetz' and the gently lilting 'Sweet', meanwhile, showcase frontman Greg Gonzalez's ability to weave impressionistic snapshots of romance into melodies that haunt like memories of past loves, all coalescing around his melting vocals.
To mirror their woozy romanticism in music, Gonzalez rejected conventional studio routes for his band, which numbers Randy Miller on bass, Jacob Tomsky on drums and Phillip Tubbs on keyboards. Taking influence from The Cowboy Junkies' The Trinity Session (recorded in a church, single microphone), Cigarettes recorded most of the album in three days at a rehearsal space in Bushwick. The exception is 'Each Time You Fall in Love', which was recorded in the Beekman Theatre's stairway after hours, the ghosts of screen lovers channeled in every warm note. Like the best movie, Cigarettes After Sex holds you in a hell of a spell.
Each Time You Fall In Love
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