The newly announced solo project of multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer-songwriter Taja Cheek has maintained a gripping sense of mystery, even among her peers. There’s no Facebook page, no SoundCloud account, no shows promoted, just the music–which largely speaks for itself. Taja’s written and performed with defunct alt-rock outfit Throw Vision and offers a solid backbone of funk playing bass with R&B rock band Zenizen, but as L’Rain Taja takes a step back to explore other, more cerebral worlds.
L’Rain’s debut single, “A Toes (Shelf Inside Your Head),” is a tricky, left-field pop number, as moody and trepidatious as it is joyous and uplifting. She coos softly on the track, lets loose poignant guitar riffs over a bed of wayward electronica and surging psychedelic motifs. L’Rain told Afropunk that the song, along with her stage name, was inspired by her mother Lorraine who passed away during the creation of this song: “It’s almost like I caused her death in some way — the feeling is absurd, bigger than myself, a premonition.”
L’Rain’s forthcoming debut LP is out September 15 via Astro Nautico. It features contributions from Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), Jeremy Powell, and Andrew Lappin.