Cigarettes After Sex ‎– Cigarettes After Sex - 2016 Shoegaze Ambient Indie Pop - Black Vinyl Sealed LP

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Cigarettes After Sex ‎– Cigarettes After Sex

Partisan Records ‎– PTKF2146-1
Vinyl, LP, Album


09 Jun 2017
Indie Rock


A1 K.
A2 Each Time You Fall In Love
A3 Sunsetz
A4 Apocalypse
A5 Flash


B1 Sweet
B2 Opera House
B3 Truly
B4 John Wayne
B5 Young & Dumb


Companies, etc.

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Partisan Records LLC
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Knitting Factory Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Partisan Records LLC
Copyright (c) – Knitting Factory Records Inc.
Lacquer Cut At – Sterling Sound
Mastered At – Record Technology Incorporated – 27545


Bass, Design – Randy Miller (11)
Drums – Jacob Tomsky
Keyboards – Phillip Tubbs (2)
Lacquer Cut By – RJ*
Mastered By – Greg Calbi
Mixed By – Rocky Gallo*
Recorded By – Rocky Gallo* (tracks: A2)
Written-By, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Recorded By, Producer – Greg Gonzalez


Record housed in a printed inner sleeve with lyrics and liner notes on the back. Comes with a download code.

Recorded December 2015 in Brooklyn, NY
"Each Time You Fall In Love" recorded May 2016 in Manhattan, NY

℗ & © 2017 Partisan Records LLC / Knitting Factory Records Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

Barcode: 720841214618
Matrix / Runout (Side A): PTKF2146-1A RJ STERLING 27545.1(2)...
Matrix / Runout (Side B): PTKF2146-1B RJ STERLING 27545.2(2)...

Cigarettes After Sex is an ambient pop collective led by songwriter Greg Gonzalez and is currently based out of Brooklyn, NY. Founded in El Paso, TX. Initially created in 2008, the group has included a number of different members/collaborators since its inception.

In a feature for Noisey by Vice, Christina Cacouris describes Cigarettes After Sex as "elemental, hazy and romantic, but with a noir edge underneath Gonzalez's androgynous voice" as well as "sweet and sentimental".

"As the band’s name suggests, it’s reminiscent of lying in bed, but its ambient qualities don’t prevent it from being music you can dance to."

Gonzalez cites Françoise Hardy as his favorite singer and Miles Davis as having great impact.

The band also includes The Cowboy Junkies' album The Trinity Session, Julee Cruise, and Cocteau Twins as influences.

The music blog Eardrums Music describes the band as "slow, dreamy and beautiful with gorgeous, tender vocals and very good lyrics." and compares it to Mazzy Star

Music bloggers behind Swell Tone describe Cigarettes After Sex as a band producing "melancholy, slow pop that will sweetly rock any listener into a listless stupor."

Reviewing Affection for, Jae Pyl concludes that "there’s just such an intimacy to Cigarettes After Sex's sound that it’s impossible to not let it into the pit of your belly."

( pItchfork) " Kristen’s initial is also the death knell of modern romantic communication, the wretched abbreviation for “OK,” the text message equivalent of rejection by indifference. Without a doubt, Cigarettes After Sex is an album of love songs, but it’s tempered with a millennial ennui that gives the songs an extra layer of relevance in 2017. Instead of relying on lovey-dovey, pastoral lyrics to tell stories of budding relationships, each song is set to a backdrop of ultra-downbeat dream pop, its somber moods leaking into fleeting vignettes of sexy iPhone videos and bittersweet hookups. The record plays like a cryptic guidebook to navigating the world of contemporary love affairs, or the slightly depressing diary of some 21st century Don Juan.

Sonically, Cigarettes After Sex is an impressively even-keeled, slowcore collection—so even-keeled that it borders on ambient. It’s easy to write a bunch of slow songs with similar chords, but it’s an altogether different feat to produce, mix, and compile them in a way that their similarities become their strengths, gradually setting an unshakable mood. At first the repetition of certain elements—echoing guitars, soft hi-hats, elastic basslines—seems overbearing. But after multiple listens, Cigarettes After Sex’s less-is-more ethos is clear, and their heady melange of several genres of subdued indie rock begins to make more sense.

The album possesses strong aspects of alt-country in its reverberated, plucked guitars and shuffling snares, immediately bringing to mind groups like Cowboy Junkies and Mojave 3. But then you encounter a track like “Sunsetz,” whose dreamy intro owes a considerable debt to mid-era Cocteau Twins, before dropping almost all instrumentation in its verse to showcase Gonzalez’s boyish vocals. “Sunsetz” is so loose, and with so much space, that it should be boring; instead, it’s electric, the emptiness forcing you to focus on Gonzalez’s stark lyrics and clever composition. “So you open your dress and show me your tits/On the swing set at the old playground,” he sings, not really as a command, but almost as a general observation."

" The theme of sexual encounters as fodder for quiet introspection continues throughout Cigarettes After Sex, but it’s delivered in such a nonchalant way that it avoids corniness. “Sweet” opens with the line “Watching the video that you sent me/The one where you’re showering with wet hair dripping,” before turning into a song about longing to touch a loved one’s skin through a screen. A catchy late-album highlight, “Truly”’s chorus goes, “Truly, know that you really don’t need/To be in love to make love to me.”

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Condition New
Format LP
Label Partisan Records
Color Black