An intimate gig at Queen Margaret’s union showcased the four pieces ability of captivating a crowd.
Cigarettes after Sex (CAS) have been active for nearly a decade but only released their first album this year. Greg Gonzalez’s brand of ambient dream pop is reminiscent of the XX and Mazzy Star with a noir undercurrent which was visually displayed at their first show in Scotland.
And what a show it was. CAS took to the stage with an unassuming attitude yet had the crowd captivated from the off with an enthralling blend of smooth bass and beautiful, closed eye vocals from Gonzalez. Lyrically, Gonzalez does well to explore the complexities of modern love without getting overly contrived. The noir backdrop and fog complemented the music wonderfully and there was distinct lack of videoing from the audience. The surreal nothings gonna hurt you baby was a highlight along with an encore of Please don’t cry. Gonzalez’s interjecting guitar solos were impressive however the songs hinged on the steady bass of Randall Miller.
If you want to test the CAS waters, a personal favourite on the album is Apocalypse. Grab a copy here.
Review by Jamie Hart.