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Cigarettes After Sex - X's [Black cassette]

Partisan Records

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Format: Black cassette
Catalogue No.: PTKF3035-4
Barcode: 0720841303541
Release Date: 12 May 2024
Genre: Indie/Alternative

With X’s, Cigarettes After Sex finally takes center stage as not just one of today’s preeminent indie bands, but as one of the most globally accomplished acts across any genre, whose often unconventional path to superstardom has helped reshape the very definition of success for artists in the modern era.

Filled with raw, imagistic, sometimes smutty vignettes set to entrancing, slowburn pop songs, bandleader Greg Gonzalez captures every emotion a romantic arc inspires. But where previous albums have drawn from an amalgam of relationships, for the most part, X’s centralizes on just one relationship that spanned four years. “The record feels brutal,” admits Gonzalez. “I could sit and talk about this loss to someone, but that wouldn’t scratch the surface. I have to really write about it, sing about it, have the music, and then I can start to analyze and learn from it. Or just relive it—in a good way. I don’t have that Eternal Sunshine-thing of wanting to forget.”

While continuing to observe classic pop song structures, Gonzalez has moved away from the prior sonic touchstones of the ’50s and ’60s, finding himself now drawn to a ’70s/’80s slow dance. While (in typical Cigarettes style) these changes may be subtle, the overall resulting energy is akin to disco ball-refracted tears on the dance floor.

A1: X's
A2: Tejano Blue
A3: Silver Sable
A4: Hideaway
A5: Holding you, Holding me
B1: Dark Vacay
B2: Baby Blue Movie
B3: Hot
B4: Dreams From Bunker Hill
B5: Ambien Slide

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