Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:30 am by M. in ,    No comments
Several musical news outlets talk about the new album by the songwriter Brontë Fall. Many of them talk about the origin of her pen name:
It's no coincidence that Brontë Fall — the songwriting project of multi-instrumentalist Teri Bracken, whose music mixes the bright punch of indie-pop with the raw roots of Americana — shares half of its name from three history-making women. Nearly two centuries before Bracken kickstarted Brontë Fall's career with 2017's Silhouette Dances, the Brontë sisters took the literary world by storm with classic works like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Those novels helped tip the power balance of 19th century England, and their legacy remains just as strong today, with empowered artists like Bracken now carrying the torch. (Brontë Fall website)
Brontë Fall, the songwriting pen name of classically trained multi-instrumentalist Teri Bracken, embodies the spirit a centuries-old push by the Brontë sisters to have their-and all women's-voices heard.
Within her sophomore effort, Finishing School, Bracken embraces Charlotte, Emily, and Anne's fight against the ever-evolving societal restraint on women; at times with a sword and armor and at times with words and ideas. Out today, Finishing School features six songs that find Bracken growing beyond her roots in orchestral music with a broadening of influences and cross-genre songwriting.  (...)
Brontë Fall is a nod to a sentiment brought to life in Emily Brontë's poem, "Fall, Leaves, Fall." In it, she welcomes autumn and the looming winter ahead. "I love how she saw poetry in the darker seasons, beauty in the shortening days," says Bracken. "With Brontë Fall I, too, aim to embrace the changing seasons of my life and express as much through my art." (Broadway World)
Songwriter and bandleader Teri Bracken is well aware of the legacy of the three Brontë sisters and how they had to use male pseudonyms to initially publish their works. Thankfully that’s not the world we live in today, although how far we’ve actually come is still subject to question. Gender inequality still exists as Bracken notes, “Women have to fight harder to get their voices heard and to hold prominent positions in the workplace. We are still fighting the same fight as Emily, Charlotte and Anne!”(Bob Fish in folk radio)  

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