Cigarettes After Sex is an ambient pop collective led by songwriter Greg Gonzalez and is currently based out of Brooklyn, NY. Founded in El Paso, TX. Initially created in 2008, the group has included a number of different members/collaborators since its inception. Gonzalez cites Françoise Hardy as his favorite singer and Miles Davis as having great impact. In an interview with Sound Of Boston, he also noted films such as L'Avventura and The Double Life Of Veronique were influential to the feel and sound of the music in "Affection" and their LP. The band also includes the Cowboy Junkies' album The Trinity Session, Julee Cruise and Cocteau Twins as influences. The music blog Eardrums Music describes the band as "slow, dreamy and beautiful with gorgeous, tender vocals and very good lyrics" and compares it to Mazzy Star.