Author: David Heinrich
On Saturday, April 14th, the Majestic Theatre will descend into a hazy dreamstate. Cigarettes After Sex, a 4-piece ambient pop group from El Paso, Texas, will be responsible for that transformation.
Cigarettes After Sex first burst onto the scene in 2012, when the band released its debut EP I. Since then, fans have been eagerly anticipating a full length release from the group. After a few singles in 2015 and 2016, the group released their first full-length record on June 9th of last year to critical acclaim. Madison is lucky to get these guys on their tour, and we’re lucky to have them in such an intimate setting. A small room is perfect for Cigarettes After Sex and their brand of subdued and chill indie rock.
It’s almost dangerous to call Cigarettes After Sex “rock” music. Their roots lie there, but the finished product is some kind of amalgam of slowcore, shoegaze, bedroom dreampop, and ambient. Across the material they’ve released so far, there are some pretty common and clear musical themes. Slow and soft guitar lines echo through the composition almost hypnotically. The beat is kept by relaxed and downtempo percussion that provides a solid foundation. The synths and guitars paint over the repetitive production, creating a smokey, trance-like vibe. Pitchfork writer Cameron Cook said “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.” Cigarettes After Sex look to challenge the notion that monotony and melancholy is unexciting, telling compelling stories in their lyrics without shaking the steady groundwork laid already. The album has a distinctly sensual and spacey vibe. It sounds like what you would listen to late at night, the moonlight light peeking through the slits in the blinds. It’s dark, pensive, and warm, all at once. I can’t wait for the show, and for Cigarettes After Sex to cast a spell over the Madison audience.