G. Brenner’s “Brushfire” is a stunning tale of reinvention

G. Brenner’s “Brushfire” is a stunning tale of reinvention

After releasing three EPs under his previous moniker — most recently absent, just dust in 2017 — “Brushfire” marks the beginning of an entirely new era for G. Brenner. “Brushfire” muses on gender identity, corrupt politics and our disintegrating environment, expressed by Brenner’s fantasies of a safer, more fluid future: “Away from all the evil men / Where a figure’s form can change / Where I wear my hair a little longer / And my hips can finally sway.”

Opened with slow burning keys and a crackling ambient foundation, the track gradually expands before suddenly bursting from its confines. Rapturous, shooting percussion erupts as Brenner’s operatic vocals soar defiantly; a unique coalescence of folk, gospel and experimental electronic.

“ ’Brushfire’ was written during one of the worst fire seasons in California on record, something we seem to say every fire season now,” Brenner says. “I was thinking of the destructive force of these blazes, their eagerness to leave everything in ruin. But their destruction is also a catalyst for renewal — some plants only grow if they have the environmental trigger of a forest fire. I also hope new, holistic networks of care can grow from the ruins of capitalism. It is hard to keep that ember of hope lit.”


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