L'Rain

by L'Rain

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    releases September 15, 2017

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1.
Heavy (But Not in Wait)
2.
Stay, Go (Go, Stay)
3.
Bat
4.
Alive and a Wake
5.
Benediction
6.
7.
Go, Stay (Stay, Go)
8.
July 14th, 2015
9.
Which Fork / I'll Be

about

Time is twisted on L’Rain, the debut release by L’Rain (Taja Cheek), a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, “tape” manipulator and vocalist from Brooklyn.

Rising on a wave of synths and breathy sax, the album unfolds with electric guitar arpeggios and undulating vocal swells, unwrapping a dense psychedelic arrangement grounded by clattering acoustic drum patterns and the ephemeral soars of Cheek’s voice.

Reversed audio swells in track endings and beginnings obscure vocal content, exploring the same track from multiple angles and with differ-ent meanings. Reprised piano tape loops reflect Cheek’s formal music education, during which she would fixate on a phrase of piano sheet music and play it repeatedly, imagining new songs. The baroque pop as-pects of L’Rain are marked by a childlike levity, deepening and mystify-ing the painful reality Cheek faced as an adult during its production: the loss of her mother.

Cheek’s mother became suddenly ill during the album’s writing and production, but grief appears in the recordings in a complicated way. The lyrics never explicitly mention her mother, as the songs were writ-ten with unrelated sorrow in mind. But by the end of producing L’Rain, the work turned out to be very much about her mother. “It’s almost like I caused her death in some way — the feeling is absurd, bigger than myself, a premonition.”

L’Rain comes off at times as morbid, pessimistic, and flippant while at other times smiley, bubbly, and effervescent. Like pressing play, fast forward, and rewind all at once, Cheek wanted to present a range of
emotions through her minimalist experiments. The result is particular
and real, yet impossible and panchromatic: a loop within a loop. Take
‘Benediction,’ a field recording that voyeuristically follows religious
practitioners just outside their place of worship. L’Rain locates a spir-
itual dimension just beyond her listeners’ experience, in the recursive
logic of her own hearing.

credits

releases September 15, 2017

Taja Cheek: Primary Artist, Composer, P​roducer, ​Keyboards, Synths, ​Electric Guitar, ​Bass Guitar, ​​​Vocals, Samples, ​Percussion
Andrew Lappin: Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Nylon Guitar, Programming, Percussion​
Alex Goldberg: Drums, Percussion, Additional Production​
​Jeremy Powell: Saxophone
​Kyp Malone: Background Vocals
Jake Aron: Mixing​
Chris Connors: Additional Mixing, Vocal Editing
​​Chris Gehringer: Mastering
​Sam Obey: Sequencing​​, A&R
​Jed Moch: Album artwork
​Carlos Reyes: Album artwork​

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