Under the mononym L’Rain, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Taja Cheek records and performs music rooted in r&b, jazz, noise, and pop, using voice memos and manipulated samples as inspiration and source material.
Since the release of her self-titled debut, L’Rain, Cheek and her band have developed a magnetic live performance and Cheek’s latest album Fatigue was the #1 album of 2021 in The Wire and #2 in Pitchfork, also earning praise from media outlets including The New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker, and Artforum.
Cheek has performed locally and internationally at venues and institutions including The Getty, The Kitchen, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has contributed music to Bring Down The Walls, a compilation created with Creative Time, artist Phil Collins, and The Fortune Society. In 2018, Jace Clayton invited Cheek to participate in a collaborative sound work as a part of Mel Chin: All Over The Place. A consummate collaborator, she has also performed with artists including Helado Negro; Okay, Kaya; Anna Wise; Vagabon; Naama Tsabar; and Kevin Beasley.