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Mexican Summer

Released: 25.06.21






Thriving in the spaces between genres and scenes, singer and multi-instrumentalist Taja Cheek has a rare ability to confront and console simultaneously, and on Fatigue, her second album as L’Rain, she pushes her intricate sonic collage to new heights in pursuit of societal liberation and psychic breakthrough.

Sweet gospel vocals meet glitchy electronics, which meet percussive free jazz flurries which meet rave-ready airhorns, and all this on opening track Fly, Die. Placing a premium on concision and tight-knit juxtaposition, Cheek’s work is full of kinetic potency (see the sodden groove of Suck Teeth) and ethereal possibility (the densely layered, crystalline vocal wall on Take Two), offering the listener a place of sanctuary whilst still forcing the into moments of wondrous, dangerous calcination.


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