Walking Trees EP

by Gardienne

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Gardienne is Kansas City-based artist Alyssa DeGraff.

Her debut release, the "Walking Trees" EP features an indie artist's dream team: impeccable guitar tones and overall production by Josh Scott (JHS pedals,) the string-quartet stylings of Jeremy Larson (Sucre, Sleeping at Last, MUTEMATH) and a stellar mix by Chad Howat (Paper Route, Kye Kye.)

“You’d be hard pressed to hear a more refreshing voice in alternative music with such range and simultaneous heartfelt honesty..." - John Weirick

"Gardienne does an exceptional job of finding the goldilocks zone of 'grand' strings arrangements without overdoing it. Walking Trees is polished in the best way, balancing performative pop with indie artistry.” -Indie Vision Music

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released 07 January 2014

Produced by Alyssa DeGraff & Josh Heath Scott
Recorded at HiFi Records, Kansas City, MO
Mixed by Chad Howat, Nashville, TN
Strings by Jeremy Larson

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Gardienne is Kansas City-based artist Alyssa DeGraff.

Her debut EP, Walking Trees features an indie artist's dream team; impeccable guitar tones and overall production by Josh Scott (JHS pedals,) the string-quartet stylings of Jeremy Larson (Sucre, Sleeping at Last) and a mix crafted by Chad Howat (Paper Route, Brooke Waggoner, Kye Kye.) ... more

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Track Name: Man on the Moon
Boy you're gone, your eyes give you away
Your surreptitious smile protects you from the anger of the day
Yeah you are gone, with every word they pray
You wonder if you really feel the one
Who's so near, they say

Let me see your face, little one
Let me hear your voice, I love your song

And it's like you've been living your entire life
Thinking the man on the moon was your savior
Oh and it's like you've been living your entire life
Thinking the man on the moon was gonna save you

Boy come home, you're not so far away
You're entertaining angels now with just the idea of praying
Yeah boy come home, don't have to run away
Don't have to hide what you don't know and fake it
You're so close today

And it's like you've been living your entire life
Thinking the man on the moon was your savior
Oh and it's like you've been living your entire life
Thinking the man on the moon was gonna save you

I cannot hide myself from you
I cannot hide myself away from your gaze

And it's like you've been living your entire life
Thinking the man on the moon was your savior
Track Name: The Garden
I was awakened when you were asleep
And I laid at your side like a bird's little wing
Formed in the image of a king where love knew no shame
I heard you praying in the garden for me
Said you wanted me with you, you always believed
That love is so much stronger than the grave...

Oh no there's someone else in the garden

You were my master and I was your queen
And we reigned in the garden before there was pain
Our love became a violent thing that took our breath away
You were firm like a soldier, make ends meet
With a man-made grace and eloquent speech
Wild and free from ruling kings or so it seemed...

Oh no there's someone else in the garden

Where have you gone
Why can't I feel you
Why do my eyes see men like walking trees

Where have you gone
Why can't I feel you
What do my eyes see
Oh, how can you carry on
Your cold heart is bleeding

Oh no there's someone else in the garden
Track Name: Storm
Thunder is crashing
But I don't hear a sound
Peace in my heart's interrupted
By your screaming silence
Surrounding me
Am I enough for you
Am I just a storm on the sea
Are you a fisherman just passing through

Lightning is flashing
Wish these eyes could see
I'm panning for gold in the ashes
Of the burning bridge you crossed
When you came for me
Your troubled mind on your sleeve
Your broken heart in your pocket
With your plastic cracker-jack ring

But what would you do if I gave you up this time
My sun'll come through and the storm will bring new life

Oh everything's wet, but everything's well
Everything's new without you
Oh everything's wet, but everything's well
Everything's new

What would you do if I gave you up this time
My sun'll come through and the storm will bring new life

Oh everything's wet, but everything's well
Everything's new without you
Oh everything's wet, but everything's well
Everything's new

You are making me new
Track Name: Surrender
Running, so tired I could faint
I've got to get away
From this thing on my trail
It's closing in on me
And I feel so alone
So helpless in my strength
I'm giving it up

I'm giving it up
I surrender, I surrender
I'm giving it up
I surrender, I surrender

To the pain that I feel when my eyes close
This reoccurring dream
That I'm not quite alone
But something's after me
Slam the door, lock the key
But it's breaking in on me

I'm giving it up
I surrender, I surrender
I'm giving it up
I surrender, I surrender

Then I see it was you all along
I'll see it was you all along
I'll see it was you all along
You are the jealous one...

I'm giving it up
I surrender, I surrender
I'm giving it up
I surrender, I surrender
Track Name: Between Sleep & Awake (Peter Pan Song)
Be still my heart
Lay yourself down in this bed of
Four-leafed clovers
And dream of a star
The second one goes on til morning

But my eyelids betray me with visions of you
I fly away and I'm safe within your arms
Somebody told me that lost boys aren't true
And I'd agree never seems like a long time

You're a wandering star
Running around with your lost boys
And tiger lilies
You love from afar
With marrow ever thin

But my eyelids betray me with visions of you
I fly away and I'm safe within your arms
Somebody told me that lost boys aren't true
And I'd agree never seems like a long time

If only waking up
Meant I still could hold you
If only growing up
Meant the end of loneliness
I'm out of dust
But I'll love you as I wake...

But my eyelids betray me with visions of you
I fly away and I'm safe within your arms