AMERICANA MUSIC HAS GAINED A REPUTATION FOR BEING CANDID ITS POLITICAL VIEWS, AND CHASTITY BROWN IS CERTAINLY NO STRANGER TO THAT. CHARACTERIZED BY ACTIVELY SPEAKING AND WRITING ABOUT SOCIAL INEQUALITIES, AND USING THE DEEP UNDERLYING THEMES TO GUIDE HER SONGWRITING, BROWN’S MUSIC OFTEN HAS A HEAVY TINGE OF SADNESS. HER NEW RECORD, SILHOUETTES OF SIRENS, FALLS IN LINE WITH THESE THEMES, BUT PULLS AWAY FROM HER SOUTHERN ROOTS AND MORE PREDOMINANTLY TOWARDS HER NEW HOME IN THE MID-WEST.
In many of the reviews of your music and interviews with you, you’ve been characterized predominantly as evoking sadness. Can you speak to how accurately that characterizes who you are and how this sadness seeps through your music?
A little bit about myself is that I grew up in Tennessee and 12 years ago migrated to Minneapolis. Much of what I was writing before as a singer-songwriter was influenced by the southern culture. Now with this new record, I feel that it’s akin to my roots, but very much set in the sonic palette that is influence by the ethereal type guitars that happen in Minneapolis. It’s very much a reflective album and my attempt to write different types of heartbreak whether they’re ones that were lived or ones that were imagined… and to give a little bit of respect and light to those stories whether it be marginalized experience or just the simple loss of a loved one. Ideally, there’s also moments of transcendence and like a good ole get-down sorta stompin’ sorta time.
How did it feel to finally have all these songs out there?
So after 4 years, I finally have this new album out that I am freakin’ thrilled to have been touring Europe and touring the Southern part of the states behind this album and just I’m excited to share it with folks so I hope you enjoy.