Slowcore maestros Cigarettes After Sex recently performed their first ever Tiny Desk concert for NPR, and it’s without a doubt one of the best of the year.
Known for making gorgeous minimalistic music that’s scarcely audible, the group performed a setlist of three songs from their latest album Cigarettes After Sex, including fan favorite “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby.” Labeled as “breath-taking androgynous pop noir enigma” by several critics (The Guardian,) Cigarettes After Sex are by far one of the most tender, meticulously crafted bands of our decade.
Forming way back in 2008 on a stairway at the University of Texas, the group (composed of Brain Gonzalez, Phillip Tubbs, Jacob Tomsky and Randy Miller) first made their appearance onto the music charts in 2012 with the release of debut EP I. Since then, the band has quadrupled in popularity with a brand new album, several tours that stretch across the globe and even a feature at Raf Simmon’s Calvin Klein kickoff show.
Undeniably, there’s definitely something truly hypnotizing about the way band frontman Brian Gonzalez croons each lyric as a whispered lullaby that delicately travels through your ears, such as the poignant lyric:
“Nothing’s gonna hurt you baby, as long as you’re with me you’ll be just fine.”
Seriously, do you really need any other convincing besides that? It’s slowcore at its absolute finest and deserves to be on repeat for the next hour or so.
So sit back, perhaps even light a few candles and get ready to face some serious nostalgia from this sublime performance. Take a look below at the performance.
Cigarettes After Sex is currently on an extensive year-long tour in support of their recently released self-titled album. If you’d like to catch a glimpse of the band at a venue near you (which we highly recommend doing), click here to buy tickets.