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“I’ve always avoided studios,” says Cigarettes After Sex frontman Greg Gonzalez. “There’s something special about recording out in the world, some kind of X-factor that comes from the character and atmosphere of wherever it is that you’re working that becomes essential to the feeling of the music.”

That marriage of sound and setting is the heart and soul of ‘Cry’, Cigarettes After Sex’s riveting sophomore album. Recorded in a stunning house on the Spanish island of Mallorca, the collection reflects the uneasy beauty, erotic longing, and stark minimalism of the space, all smooth lines and soft light. Gonzalez let the location guide his writing, penning nearly all of the instrumental work in spontaneous fits of inspiration captured every night between 9pm and 2am in the house’s high-walled, outdoor courtyard. While the music seemed to pour from him all at once, it would be nearly two years before Gonzalez would finally attempt to match those performances with words, and the result is a collection of songs that toy with time as a linear notion, a dreamy meditation on sex and romance that merges past and present into a slow, reverb-soaked swirl.

While Cigarettes After Sex’s sound may be most associated with the romantic pop music of the late 50’s and early 60’s, Gonzalez pushes into more unexpected sonic territory on ‘Cry’, reaching back to his childhood in El Paso, Texas, to draw subtle melodic influence from 90’s Tejano stars like Selena and mainstream pop country artists like Shania Twain. Gonzalez pushes himself lyrically on the album, too, tackling sex with the graphic frankness of Henry Miller or Leonard Cohen as he renders unabashed, sometimes explicitly erotic scenes with a casual candor. Writing with a filmmaker’s eye, he captures tiny moments with a rich, cinematic detail that manages to locate the profound within the mundane.

“I was obsessed with films growing up,” Gonzalez says. “I think that’s why I write in such a visual way. I’m trying to create these little scenes without any judgment or comment, to capture them and frame them and let people interpret them however they want.”

The week Gonzalez and his bandmates—drummer Jacob Tomsky, bassist Randy Miller, and keyboardist Phillip Tubbs—arrived in Mallorca to begin recording ‘Cry’ happened to be the very week that their long-awaited, self-titled debut LP hit shelves in 2017. Hailed by Vice as “an overnight internet sensation eight years in the making,” Gonzalez released that album on the heels of an EP and a series of singles that had managed to rack up millions of plays on YouTube and launch him from recording in the stairwell of his hometown university to headlining shows around the world. The full-length collection earned international raves out of the gate, with The Independent praising it as “intimate and spectral” and Pitchfork describing it as “restrained, low-boil…where tempo, repetition, and muted composition construct an entire story within the pauses between the notes and the ideas between the lines.” Nearly every review honed in on the romantic darkness of the music and the haunting androgyny of Gonzalez’s vocals, and the album was a fixture on roundups and year-end lists: Rolling Stone named Cigarettes After Sex an Artist You Need To Know, NPR listeners voted them one of the year’s top new discoveries, and The Guardian dubbed the band’s “noir dreampop” as “among 2017’s best.” In addition to being a critical smash, the record was also a streaming juggernaut, approaching one billion plays across all platforms and landing the band dates on five continents along with festival slots from Primavera and Best Kept Secret to Lollapalooza and Reading & Leeds.

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21 Oct 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Danforth Music Hall

Toronto, Canada

23 Oct 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Webster Hall

New York, United States

24 Oct 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Brooklyn Steel

Brooklyn, United States

25 Oct 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ 9:30 Club

Washington, United States

26 Oct 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Union Transfer

Philadelphia, United States

27 Oct 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ House of Blues

Boston, United States

02 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Paradiso

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

03 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Paradiso

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

07 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Cirque Royal

Brussels, Belgium

08 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Olympia

Paris, France

09 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Primavera 20th Anniversary Weekender

Benidorm, Spain

11 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Sala Apolo

Barcelona, Spain

12 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Sala Apolo

Barcelona, Spain

14 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Alcatraz

Milan, Italy

16 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Plaza

Zürich, Switzerland

17 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Plaza

Zürich, Switzerland

18 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Arena

Vienna, Austria

19 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Arena

Vienna, Austria

20 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Roxy

Prague, Czech Republic

22 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Den Grå Hal

Copenhagen, Denmark

23 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Tempodrome

Berlin, Germany

25 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Palladium

Cologne, Germany

27 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Albert Hall

Manchester, United Kingdom

28 Nov 2019

Cigarettes After Sex @ Shepherds Bush Empire

London, United Kingdom

23 Mar 2020

Cigarettes After Sex @ o2 Academy Bristol

Bristol, United Kingdom

24 Mar 2020

Cigarettes After Sex @ Hammersmith, Eventim Apollo

London, United Kingdom

25 Mar 2020

Cigarettes after Sex @ O2 Institute

Birmingham, United Kingdom

27 Mar 2020

Cigarettes After Sex @ Leeds Beckett University

Leeds, United Kingdom

28 Mar 2020

Cigarettes After Sex @ Barrowland Ballroom

Glasgow, United Kingdom

29 Mar 2020

Cigarettes After Sex @ O2 Academy Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom

01 Apr 2020

Cigarettes After Sex @ Fabrik

Hamburg, Germany

03 Apr 2020

Cigarettes After Sex @ Rockefeller Music Hall

Oslo, Norway

04 Apr 2020

Cigarettes After Sex @ Slaktkyrkan

Stockholm, Sweden

06 Apr 2020

Cigarettes After Sex @ Voxhall

Aarhus, Denmark

08 Apr 2020

cigarettes After Sex @ Den Atelier

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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