Gentle Persuasion

by Defne

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about

Debut EP.

Released by Fallen Love Records. This is FAL002.

credits

released February 23, 2013

Defne - guitar & piano
Christopher Russo - guitar & organ

All songs written by Defne.
Recorded December 2012 to January 2013 by Christopher Russo in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
Produced by Harley R. Pageot.

Artwork and photography by Defne.

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Defne Saint Catharines, Ontario

Defne is a bedroom pop musician from Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Her fragile songs of heartache and longing hum with the energy of anticipation. The spaces between falling snowflakes. A sideways glance across a crowded venue. Grass stains on the ankles of your jeans as you run home at 2 in the morning past darkened windows and empty playgrounds. ... more

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Track Name: Bird's Nest
I killed you for a reason
Your spirit still remains
Blood pumping through my veins
Turning the corner I see your silvery shape
And my heart's beating fast

What kind of amulets do I have to buy?
What kind of mediums do I have to hire?
I want your ghost gone

You sit on my chest every night
Suffocate me with your knees
Why else would you visit me every night?
Is there something?

Your spirit remains in my heart and in my head
Your form sits at the end of my bed
Your body lies heavy on my chest
Our blankets become a bird's nest
Track Name: Maple
O wide-eyed lake
Whispering oaks
What do you have in store for me?
Cabin in the woods on fire
I save the furniture
I leave your sister burning
She didn't want to be put out

She asked to be ashes
They blew out across the shield
Across the glaciers in your heart
She asked to be ashes
Her golden hair singed
Her cheeks sunken in

She looked out the window
Stared into the leaves
Into the eyes of the pines
Asked "What do you have in store for me?"
She drank mouthfuls of matches

The house dark grey with billowing clouds
And I grabbed the painting your mother made
And I grabbed the bench your father carved
And I grabbed the quilt your grandmother sewed
And I ran as far as I could go
Back to Toronto

And she asked to be ashes
Track Name: Tangerines
I can't even listen to most songs
Without thinking of your face
Your lips, your hands, your awful personality
But personally I didn't mind
The ways you ignored saying
All things possibly kind
Tangerines and peaches
I just can't shake this feeling
That reaches behind my eyes

And how can I love something like you?
Selfish and distant
I don't know what to do
How can I justify even paying attention to you?

Because I jump over hurdles
I do back flips
And I carve my cheekbones for you

I do it all and you shrug me off
Do I just mean nothing at all?
My thighs don't touch
Will you love me now?
I have a hole in my stomach that reaches
All the way around
I am hovering over my hole in the ground

And how can I love something like you?
Selfish and distant
I don't know what to do
How can I justify even paying attention to you?

Because I jump over hurdles
I do back flips
And I carve my cheekbones for you
I wipe your eyes
I twist my spine
And I break my back for you
I do it all
I feel it all
I do it all
To better understand you
Track Name: Climb Out My Window
I break twigs with my hands
My frustrations have built up to a gentle boil
I remain calm
Burying my fingers in the soil

You complain about being lonely
But denounce my age
You then find your one and only
And I'm still trapped in my cage

I climb down the bunk bed at 3 a.m.
Making my way through the dark
My eyes glistening like gems
But I miss the mark
I sigh
I miss the mark
I miss the mark

I became a terror as empty as the sea
There are many who are quite fairer
Please don't waste your heartbeats on me

Splinters burn my palms
Moonlight burns my skin
I shut my eyes and tiny bombs go off within

And this fog in my mind
It clouds the love between you and I