Single review

Cigarettes After Sex

From the beautifully formed second album, ‘Cry’, comes the newly released sultry single ‘Touch’. Released back in October on Partisan Records, frontman Greg Gonzalez wished for the album “to be honest, and a romantic moment captured in slow motion”. This is even demonstrated in the enigmatic album photography by Allessandro Puccinelli.

‘Touch’ sees the return of CAS’s big, beautiful, all-or-nothing sound, coupled with Gonzalez’s unassuming dulcet voice. You get what you pay for when you see this band live. What is hugely appealing about CAS is their huge demographic reach.

All ages can take something from their music. It is their inclusivity that adds weight to their music. Love transcends across the board – all communities and ages. Soft synths and distance riffs leave you feeling a sort of melancholic yearning. What depicts a romantic moment more than that? I can’t help but be reminded of the show Twin Peaks when I hear CAS. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia of a bygone moment in time. Brazilians have a word called ‘saudade’, “a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent somethings or someones that one cares for and/or loves while simultaneously having positive emotions towards the future”.