What does it sound like?:
As an ex smoker I remember Cigarettes after sex – sorry I had to get that one in. An intriguing name for a band that’s for sure. Didn’t know much about them and the reviews I read likened them to Mazzy Star. To my ears I would say more like Yo La Tengo or even Khurangbin. A woozy sound with trance like vibes but highly melodic and extremely addictive.Singer Greg Gonzalez sounds quite feminine in parts as he has a breathy voice.Opener Don’t Let me go and third track in Heavenly became instant eagworms that got multiple spins – a really lovely sounding album, the songs all seem about relationships in different stages and some odd lyrics referring to someone ‘drinking a slurpy in a peach baseball cap’.
American bands seem to be the ones doing something new these days – not sure where they would be categorised but quite poppy in their melodies.
Although a new release this was recorded in 2017 in Mallorca so it is hoped they may have more new material they are working on.
What does it all *mean*?
a conventional four piece of guitar, keys, bass and drums need not be sterile. Their sounds are fresh
and I hope they get exposure to a wider audience.
Goes well with…
Relaxing – this is a non aggressive sound but that doesn’t mean it lacks interest. There is plenty going on.
Might suit people who like…
The aforementioned Yo La Tengo. The Shins, The National.