“Smoker’s Cough (Afterword)” by Aoun is a poignant and introspective exploration of loss through the passage of time, serving as the final chapter in his upcoming album The Shepherd and All Her Beautiful Sheep. The artist’s inner world is unfiltered to our ears as he reflects on his last relationship.
“Smoker’s Cough (Afterword)” begins with a subtle yet humorous nod to the title, as the listener is greeted by the sound of a cough—a smoker’s cough, perhaps—a fitting introduction to the narrative that unfolds. This single captivates from the opening strums to the final notes with its candid storytelling and evocative melodies.
As Aoun shares his musings on quitting smoking, the passage of time, and the memories that linger, leaving him longing and resigned, his words are punctuated with authenticity and vulnerability.
Accompanied by raw acoustic guitar strumming, Aoun’s performance is intimate and captivating. His voice carries a rawness and sincerity that is impossible to ignore, drawing listeners in with warmth and honesty. Also, what you hear in this song is a completely live recording, amplifying the truth in the words, the delivery, and all else as an artist.
The cover art, featuring cigarettes intertwined with the branches of a dead tree, is a poignant visual representation of the song’s themes of mortality and addiction. It lightly makes us contemplate the fragility of life and the consequences of our choices.
Released on February 6th, “Smoker’s Cough (Afterword)” signifies Aoun’s talent as a songwriter and storyteller. With its blend of humor, introspection, and raw emotion, this single will move us long after the final chord fades away, leaving behind a lingering echo of truth and vulnerability.
Review By: Naomi Joan