Rêve Releases Debut Album “Saturn Return”
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Briannah Donolo, aka Rêve released her debut album “Saturn Return” on October 20, 2023.
The album comprises 13-track, produced by Aaron Paris, Banx & Ranx, Carl Ryden, Joel Stouffer, Mike Wise and Tim Buron.
For Rêve, the album is a time capsule with her to reflect on her personal metamorphosis. And it pays tribute to dance music and her hometown, Montréal.
“Your 20s are a time to make mistakes, find yourself, and experience all life has to offer. These transformative years in one's life culminate with a major astrological event, the Saturn Return,” Rêve explained. “Saturn takes between 27-29 years to move through all the signs of the zodiac, and its return can often be tumultuous.”
Rêve said of the album, “The album was carefully crafted to make listeners feel sexy, vulnerable, empowered, euphoric, and free. My goal was to create a sonic dimension where everyone has a space to feel safe to experience and celebrate the full range of human emotion.”
She continued, “I'm known for my dance vibes, which you're getting plenty of with Saturn Return, but I also wanted people to see a more emotional and vulnerable side from me – because spilling my guts is my favorite thing to do.”
- Rêve shared on social media, “It goes without saying that what makes a great album is the music, but the magic truly lies in the breaths between the takes. This album took 3 years to make, 10 years to draw from, and 10,000+ hours of hard work behind the scenes.
Releasing a full length album in today's market is a privilege. People don't consume music like they used to. We often get chapters of stories, but what's rare is the opportunity to be able to write a whole damn book.
Saturn Return is my opus, my love letter to dance & my hometown of Montreal, and a snapshot of my soul. This story may have started with me, but it's yours to finish. I hope it makes you feel joy, comfort, nostalgic, melancholy, sexy, fun, nervous, powerful, hopeful, inspired, proud, accepted, seen and free. I hope it makes you celebrate EVERY part of yourself.”
Rêve explained track-by-track for the album via Apple Music.
“Breaking Up With Jesus”
“I grew up in a home that was Catholic, but not traditional Catholic. Still, something I had in common with my peers who were raised in more traditional homes was that we were taught to never question religion. And I think there comes a time when you're raised a certain way that you just suddenly ask, 'Why?' And this song is a snapshot of that.”
“Disco at the Strip Club”
“This song speaks to a time in my life where my girlfriends and I were hanging out with the wrong group of guys and found ourselves in a strip club, which is a fun environment, but the men that we were with weren't so fun. So, if I could go back in time and give myself a piece of advice, it would be the lyrics to this song. It's kind of a cautionary tale, as told through disco-pop.”
“I broke up with my partner earlier this year, and I got onto the apps for the first time, and I found it so weird that you can basically Uber Eats your feelings in this day and age. So, this is the story of myself—a hopeless romantic—trying to navigate the modern dating world. But I can attest to the fact that you can still find love outside of the app—I'm in a very happy and loving relationship now.”
“This was co-written with Banx & Ranx—some of my favorite collaborators. They also did a bunch of other songs on the album. But anytime we get together for a night out, it's always a fun and epic night. And so, we got together in the studio, and we just wrote about one of our epic nights out—you know, one of those hot summer spontaneous evenings with the people that you love.”
“CTRL + ALT + DEL”
“This was written with Banx & Ranx during peak pandemic. We were just reminiscing about the nights that we would go out to hear music on a really good sound system. We couldn't be bothered with the girls or the guys or the drinks—that's not what we missed the most. We just missed going out for the music and dancing the night away. So, this song is just a tribute to that, and it was especially meaningful at the time."
“One of my ultimate goals on this record was to celebrate the full range of human emotions and, especially as a woman, I think that sexuality should be celebrated. Sexuality is a massive part of our everyday lives, and it might make some people uncomfortable, but it's important to talk about. Growing up, there were parts of my sexual self that were shamed, and I think that it's ultimately so liberating to be able to just honor that side of womanhood.”
“EX EX EX (Whoops)”
“In this song, I highlight an experience most people know all too well: going back to your ex when you really probably shouldn't. You leave a bar thinking, 'Oh, maybe I'm going home because I'm feeling ill' and then you just show up at your ex's house for what you swear is going to be the last time—but it never is!”
“This was a very empowering track for me to write because it was the first time that I'd ever released a record singing about a woman. Before this record, I hadn't come out as bisexual to some people in my life. I've always said that my music is my superpower, and it's given me the strength to have difficult conversations and to really come into myself, and 'Tongue' was one of those records that really set me free. We released it during Pride Month, and that was a really beautiful moment for me. It's one of the most rewarding tracks that I've worked on personally. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, it's important to spread love and light and be louder than ever.”
“My My (What a Life)”
“This was actually the last track that I added to the album, because this album is really a love letter to dance music and all the subgenres that influenced me, and I told myself that I could not have an ode-to-dance album without having a drum 'n' bass track on it. So, this is my D'n'B track, and it's so full of gratitude. I'm just so grateful that I get to live my dream and connect with so many people.”
“Everybody debated whether or not a piano ballad would fit on a dance album, and I said it was really important to me—especially on a debut album—that I showcased my roots, because I grew up playing piano. Singing and writing this way and spilling my guts on piano is a form of therapy to me. This is definitely one of the most vulnerable tracks on the album. It describes this feeling of waking up next to your partner in the middle of the night and just being so grateful that you're alive at the same time. Maybe you don't always feel like the best person, but when you look at them, you think, 'Goddamn, I must have been good in a past life!'”
“Whitney Houston popularized the interpolation of 'I'm Every Woman' that I use here. Sometimes, when I get stuck on a chorus, I'll just splice in something that's been in my head lately with a similar chord progression. And so, I stuck the interpolation in there as a placeholder. But obviously, 'I'm Every Woman' is an Ashford & Simpson masterpiece—I couldn't beat it! My manager said, 'This is wonderful, but we are never going to be able to [legally] clear this song.' It took over a year, but their estate said, 'OK, we'll take a lot of publishing, but you can use it.' This record is so special to me because it was the song that got me signed to my label deal. It was my first dance radio No. 1. It was written eight years ago, when I was still working 9 to 5 and playing in a wedding band, so I'm glad that the waiting game paid off.”
“This was written during a time when I was in a relationship that was making me feel stifled and very not like myself, and the only time that I could find freedom and feel authentic was when I was between the speakers, or writing music, or I was out listening to music. So, the first part of the song is this electro ballad, and then it transitions into this kind of sonic journey that embodies that feeling.”
“I moved to Toronto in 2020, right before the world went to hell in a handbasket. I was in a 100-square-foot apartment, very far away from home and family, and 'Saturn Return' describes the moment of me coming home to Montreal after being away for a while and appreciating the little things and hugging them just a little bit tighter.”
Photo by Garrett Naccarato
- source : Apple Music