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Brontë Fall – “Catches Fire” on YouTube
Teri Bracken and her band, Brontë Fall, announce the release of her debut album entitled, “Silhouette Dances” on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, and available on iTunes, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, and all other digital outlets. “Silhouette Dances” features ten originally written songs filled with an edgy mix of Pop, Rock, Americana, and Country music that showcases all of the influences of Bracken’s personal life journey and her adventure that is music. “Catches Fire” is the first single released to radio and is supported by a music video. “Silhouette Dances” was Mastered at Sterling Sound by legendary Six-time GRAMMY Award-winning and Latin GRAMMY Award-winning Mastering Engineer Tom Coyne (Adele, Taylor Swift, Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith, Beyonce), recorded, engineered, and mixed at Chicago Recording Company (CRC) in Chicago, Illinois, by GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Jon Zacks (Rinde Eckert & Steven Mackey, Common), and produced by Nick Akrap.
For Teri Bracken, a Chicago-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and band founding member and front-woman, Brontë Fall alludes to her personal journey all the way back to when it first began. Bracken moved to Boston as the leaves were falling down on the city. She was taking classical violin lessons in Harvard Square and would spend evenings wandering its crooked cobblestone streets. There, she would visit the folk clubs and cafes, absorbing all the music and conversation around her. Bracken’s love for travel and adventure brought her journey to Nashville, New York, and other American cities where she explored various relationships and musical genres. It was through these experiences – both personal and musical – that she found her own voice. In her youth, Bracken’s musical euphoria combined both an edgy rock singer and orchestral violin player. Then, for a long while, Bracken craved the rawness of Americana roots music and aching beauty of a traditional fiddle tune. When she fell in love with the craft of songwriting, Pop music took hold of her heart. Thus, she found the avenue through which to tell her story.
In her poem, “Fall, Leaves, Fall”, nineteenth century gothic author Ms. Emily Bronte warmly welcomes Autumn and the looming winter ahead. She saw poetry in the changing seasons and beauty in the shortening days. It is this irony that inspired Bracken in the creation of Brontë Fall. She too, aims to embrace the changing seasons of her life, and express as much through her art.
Brontë Fall got its start in the winter of 2015. Beginning as a mere writing project with a friend from Berklee School of Music, Brontë Fall quickly bloomed into a fully equipped band, performing their first show in Bracken’s home city of Chicago in the spring of 2015. At the core of this project is collaboration, as Bracken has always been drawn to the team aesthetic in any musical setting.
Brontë Fall aims to do what all art strives for – tell the truth. “There has been much interest and feedback regarding the cover of the album, ranging from people who find it very cool to others who are almost offended,” explains Bracken. “I am proud of it, and it has special meaning for me. I find it to my advantage that since I am fairly unknown and unsigned, I have the liberty to express myself exactly the way I intend (regardless of the naysayers). It was important for me to represent women entrepreneurs in the arts. From makeup artist to stylist to photography, it was a pure female collaboration. My dear friend, Alex Nunex, designed the green feather design. It is meant to compliment a theme in the album most prominently expressed on “Catches Fire“. The song is all about finding what sets your soul on fire. It is about discovering your passion and expressing yourself the way you were always meant to. Thus, this design for me, represents something bigger than myself that I am releasing. For me, it represents the beautiful fire within.”
Like Ms. Emily Bronte, Brontë Fall is unedited and honest, modern and, at times, impolite. The songs are a testament to resiliency and survival, which make us most human after all. Brontë Fall’s debut album, “Silhouette Dances“, allows all of the influences of Bracken’s personal journey to seep through as she continues to pursue this adventure of music and life.
“My songs are outspokenly feminine and reminiscent of the Brontë sisters, who dared to have a voice in a time when women did not.” – Teri Bracken / Brontë Fall
Brontë Fall – “Catches Fire” on SoundCloud