Sonnymoon *residency*

C'mon Everybody presents:

Sonnymoon *residency*


Wed · February 14, 2018

8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Sonnymoon is the brainchild of musicians Dane Orr and Anna Wise.

Their dynamic journey began in 2009 when Anna Wise and Dane Orr began making music together after a chance first encounter. Since then they have recorded and released 3 albums and 1 EP.

Since 2014 the duo have been joined live by vocalist & dancer Jonathan Hoard. In 2017 Hoard travelled with Wise and Orr to a farm in upstate New York to write and record new material for an as yet untitled fourth album. "Role" is the first single from said album.

Sonnymoon is currently located in Brooklyn.
" studio band...that’s a sea of loops: guitar arpeggios, synthesizer burbles, endless layers of vocal harmony." NEW YORK TIMES

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:
C'mon Everybody
325 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11238