Minneapolis singer/songwriter Brynn Andre released her debut in 2010 chronicling the twenty-something dance between liberation and loneliness.
Her upcoming release goes deeper. Like a sequel, Honeymoon faces a woman’s next chapter, whispering: what happens after the honeymoon? The songs find Brynn married to the summer fling of her twenties, singing daunting questions like does my story matter and can unsung dreams come true?
The body of work traverses the stages of life beyond youth, and includes songs like “Fertile Ground”, born out of a devastating fertility journey and “Good Time” a pop anthem on getting older, while longing for freer days.
Honeymoon, was produced by Minneapolis music legend Matt Patrick (Jeremy Messersmith, John Mark Nelson, Jeremy Ylvisaker) and offers a richer, crystalline pop sound that Brynn helped define.
Individual Song Summaries Below
The title track kicks things off on a victoriously dreamy note. Layers of vocals capture the essence of being in a state of sweet satisfaction with a partner. The upbeat and atmospheric production convey that Brynn has found paradise.
Like Christmas on the beach
An island daydream
Baby you will always be
In Celebrity, Brynn imagines a future that could have been. A “place in the Hollywood Hills collecting dust ‘cause I never showed up” But this isn’t a story of regret, for a dream unfulfilled, rather an unabashed anthem, beating to the joy of building a home and a family.
She ultimately finds that the feeling she searched for is of her own making, with the man she chose.
In this place where your face
Is famous to me
When you look at me
Oh I feel like I’m a celebrity
I’m Good Time Brynn surprises with her first unabashedly pop tune. An effervescent take on getting older, the song is laden with ‘80s nostalgia and a longing for younger days. Brynn fights for her right to feel free and unencumbered in this escapist bop.
Age is just a number
But it’s easy to say that when you’re younger
I’m too old for this pop music
But I’m really not ready to die
Explores those inevitable days where life simply sucks. Instead of pretending all will be well, Brynn leans into the sadness, tongue in cheek, singing
Sun sets on happiness
I say hello handsome darkness
The song exemplifies a woman reliant on herself, with an aversion to sympathy.
I’m f*#%in sad
Don’t want your help
Booked a staycation at hotel hell
Fertile Ground reminds listeners that Brynn, although settled, still grapples with the pain of becoming who you are meant to be. The song examines feelings of desperation, self-doubt, and the looming specter of failure, amplified by her own fertility journey.
I wonder what would happen
If I gave it all away
There’s only so much one girl can take
I’ve always heard she’s fertile ground
I wonder can late bloomers ever come around?
This sultry song plays homage to the underrepresented reliable man and a departure from the bad boy trope. Championing a man who is dependable and committed, Brynn sings,
He keeps the home fires burning
Chops wood, and he carries water
He wakes up early
Oh my god how he loves our daughters
The synth-led track describes the feeling of being broken, with a "canyon heart" that's been carved by past pain. However, the message is ultimately a hopeful one, emphasizing the power of someone steadfast and nonjudgmental to restore your self-love. The song acknowledges the challenges of trusting someone after experiencing heartbreak, but ultimately concludes that the risk is worth it.
Can I tell you a secret come in close inside
I don't think you really know about the tears I've cried
Like a rushing river oh they tore a divide
And I carry on with a canyon heart
In Bambi, Brynn demonstrates hard-won confidence, challenging gender norms and subverting the idea of the passive female. She refuses to be objectified. The song's metaphor of the "wildflower" and "wildfire" evokes the way women are often stereotyped as delicate and submissive, while men are seen as powerful and dominant. She declares herself a "girl with good aim," and reclaims agency and demonstrates that she won't be a helpless pawn.
I learned my lesson
Learned it well
Cried champagne tears
Almost sent myself to hell
Brynn takes on one of her favorite songs, with a cover of the iconic ‘90s country tune by Deanna Carter with an intimate and haunting interpretation. The song's lyrics describe the bittersweet memories of first love, with a nostalgic and romantic tone that captures the beautiful yet harrowing experience of growing up.
The song speaks to the idea that our struggles and failures are an essential part of the process of finding our way in life. The chorus is a powerful and cathartic moment, with Brynn singing about the joy and freedom that come with breaking free from self-doubt and fear.
Cutting through the noise in my soul
I’ve been lost and found
Now I am on my way home
Bookending the album, “Even Love” is a reminder that even happiness is its own struggle. Brynn wonders how you can nurture love, even when the baby’s cryin’ / and you’re too tired / to say nice things today”.
The closing track reflects on the journey conveyed in the previous tracks,
I am tumbled dry
Stumbled down the divide
Woman to mother
Who have I become
But ultimately arrives at peace and gratitude.