A breakout band to watch

Cigarettes After Sex is blowing up on YouTube—after millions of hits and an upswell of new listeners, this Brooklyn band is officially a phenomenon. Their melancholic, androgynous pop noir is without doubt addictive, an ambient, hazy sound with just a hint of Chris Isaak (frontman Greg Gonzalez is from Brooklyn by way of Texas, so there’s a little bit of country behind all their dark heartbreak romanticism).

Gonzalez cites a wide range of influences: French pop icon Francoise Hardy is his favorite singer and Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue is a key inspiration. You can hear them both in his androgynous vocals if you really listen. Of the very distinctive Cigarettes After Sex sound,  Gonzalez says “I wanted it to have this love-glow to it, this love-buzz, which I hope it has,” he says. “A little love feeling you get, like when you’re falling for somebody, that little buzz you have. That’s the kind of sound I want to put out there. It’s weird to ask for that, but that’s definitely the feeling I’d like.”

Cigarettes After Sex has released Affection on Bandcamp, including a super-slow cover of REO Speedwagon’s “Keep On Loving You.” A debut LP from the band is due sometime this year. The band has no videos available yet, but we’ve created a Cigarettes After Sex playlist for your listening pleasure, below.