“K.” Cigarettes After Sex

Cigarettes After Sex

“K.” Track Review

Partisan Records

Released November 15, 2016

Genre: Dream Pop, Ambient Pop

The Brooklyn-based “ambient pop” collective Cigarettes After Sex make the kind of music that one can get lost too. Their first EP, recorded in a four-story stairwell at frontman Greg Gonzalez’s alma mater UT in El Paso, presents emotional lyrics in an ethereal manner covering topics such as regret, yearning, unrequited love, and comfort. While the songs the project have recorded differ, they are nonetheless consumed by their fanaticism with relationships in love. It’s emo music slowed down to a tempo meant to complement those nights where curling up into a ball – with headphones on – under the covers seems like the best “activity to do”.

Being one of their longest tracks, “K.” does not stray too far from their sound (probably since this is their eighth [?] song known to be released, with no proper debut LP released…yet). The cold and minimal atmosphere, punctuated by the clean and reverberated guitar lines provide an other-worldly feel. Gonzalez’s androgynous voice makes the track have a sensually ambiguous tone, similar to Silversun Pickups (sans the intensity). The addition of an acoustic guitar, echoing tambourine, and lush synths help create a sense of emotional limbo, like watching a loved one leave. Or longing for a loved one yet to come. It’s simple, seductive, & skeletal. It may be sluggish, but if you get lost in this song you won’t mind the length, or the world that it draws you in to.


SCORE: (8.5/10)


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