Denitia

LPR presents at C'mon Everybody:

Denitia

Khary, L'Rain

Thu · October 12, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Denitia
Denitia
What’s left when you strip everything ceremonial away? It’s a terrifying question for most artists as interlocking layers of disguises and aliases and personalities can sometimes be the only barrier between you and the weight of the world’s expectations. The prospect of facing those anxieties while laid bare can spur many to wear those masks forever, but there are some artists who see distillation as the only way forward. Denitia Odigie knows that path as well as anyone. She was stricken with such severe stage fright as a young performer that she asked people to turn around or close their eyes before she could begin. But that’s all changed, and she’s ready to face her audience eye to eye.

Denitia’s Ceilings is a portrait of an artist awakened. After moving to the Rockaways, an isolated, beach-side Queens community, Odigie found herself turning inward for inspiration. She set out to shed the protective layers her career had imposed and rediscover what songs and sounds came naturally to her. She also wanted this story to have her name on it: no more aliases, no more hiding.

Denitia discovered a fellow traveler in Daniel Schlett, the owner of the Williamsburg recording studio, Strange Weather. The pair dug through stacks of Denitia’s demos, selecting the choice cuts that would eventually yield the Ceilings EP. The symbiosis between the pair can be felt through each song as Denitia’s sweeping compositions breathe and tighten at just the right moments. It starts with the anger and frustration on “Bound to Happen,” where Denitia first faces the illusions surrounding her and shatters them to pieces. The song begins spare as a dirge, but then fills with bright, vibrant synths as Denitia begins taking a sledgehammer to the ersatz world around her. That clear-eyed perspective is then cemented on “Waiting” and “Ceilings,” twin tracks that are meditations on the world’s self-imposed separations and segregations, and serve as pleas to break down those barriers we unwittingly construct. The EP closes with “Planes,” described by Denitia as a song about the “constant longing for more, of wanderlust and desire.” The track's spine is in its vibrant piano and drum composition that lets Denitia’s voice soar and search, a sign that Ceilings is only the beginning.
Khary
Khary
Khary is a 25-year-old rapper from Providence, RI. He has opened for the likes of Tory Lanez, Kyle, Michael Christmas, Kid Ink, Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5’9”, and Jordan Bratton. To date, his music has been featured on high caliber outlets including Pigeons & Planes, The FADER, Mass Appeal, Soulection, XXL, Earmilk, Hot97, Stereogum, All Def Digital, 2DopeBoyz, HipHopDX, The Source, and many more. In November of 2014, Khary released a 6-track EP titled Swim Team that featured Rome Fortune and Marian Mereba. Since then, he has spent the past year honing his skills while collaborating with the likes of Masego, Lege Kale, swell, and many others. Recently, Khary released his debut project, intern aquarium., that has been met with high praise.
L'Rain
L'Rain
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 spiriitual dimension just beyond her listeners’ experience, in the recursive logic of her own hearing.
Venue Information:
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325 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11238
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