“Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby” by Brooklyn “ambient pop collective” Cigarettes After Sex will probably go down in history as a song people will say they found in the “weird indie part” of youtube, with over 31 million views – perhaps inevitable from the band’s rather suggestive name. Regardless, it is popular for a reason, considering the gorgeous synth and reassuring, desperate vocals, as well as the thick, heavy sense of longing that drives the track. “K.” – the first single from the group since signing to Partisan Records – has Greg Gonzalez’s vocals sounding more gorgeous and potent than ever, with soft, hazy instrumentals cascading around him like tendrils of smoke. It has a beautifully weary feeling to it, yet sounds strangely optimistic and hopeful in the lyrics. In the simplest terms, its an absolutely breathtaking song, and hopefully the new LP out next year will follow suit.
photo by Shervin Lainez