Monument To Her Exile (Chapter I)

by Defy The Ocean

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scarletmirage I can't wait to see where this goes in subsequent chapters. Both songs are a gorgeously crafted mix of alternative rock, progressive rock, even math rock at times. It feels very unique so hard to compare it to anything else convincingly. And that's a very difficult thing to say these days. Artwork is dope too. Impressed! Favorite track: Subsolar.
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zen I thoroughly enjoyed both songs. The writing has progressive undertones, yet the songs remain accessible and down to earth, almost Radiohead-like in places. I love how Subsolar transitions seamlessly into Sublunar, even though they are quite different songs. These guys are bringing something really unique and honest to the genre.

The idea of 'chapters' suggests that it will eventually be a concept album, which I'm a big fan of, and will be waiting for patiently! Favorite track: Sublunar.
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Monument To Her Exile is the debut album from Defy The Ocean.

Released across multiple chapters, it tells an epic, yet real and deeply personal story of two people, set over the course of a decade. It explores life and love, and the inseparability of both.


released September 28, 2018

Written, produced and recorded by Defy The Ocean
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Chris Theo
Drum engineering C.C. Soundscape Studios
Artwork by Abigail Vettese


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Track Name: Subsolar
And I know
These last years in my mind I've grown
Sea-green glances over pale amber chances
But that was years ago.

Cracked jokes and smiles that night
Spilled drinks under fluorescent light
But that was years ago
But that was years ago

And I've grown...

I was carving out a road again
(I'll escape)
To places deeper than I've ever been
(I'll escape)
But I'm not there yet
(I'll escape)
No I'm not there yet
(I'll escape)

If only you could see your eyes
You'd know that I was never gonna make it out,
Not then, that night,
Not by the time that skies did slide under the hunter's knife

And so we played along
Like two fools with nothing left to lose
See, back then belief was cheap
But summer days, they fade into memory.

And I know
Those first weeks we'd wished that time had slowed
Cool-grey glances as we shared an understanding
That we'd be letting go
Letting go.

But from this day on there's no tomorrow
Our gazes trace the waning light
With a sea of limbs we grip the moments
And swear that they will never die
And yet, the silent promises we made ring out.
Track Name: Sublunar
There's kind of like this creeping wave
And it's rising to
Wrestle with the type like me
Who never took up geography
Mouth shaped words, no sounds
One of those conversations
Sandbags out, can't afford to take another round

So I've steeled this cavity
From a life stuck on repeat
Now you'll fly a memory

Flame lit spaces
Wine stained lips on empty faces
Just like mine, just like mine
Another coward in the firing line
And I can't answer questions
About a future I won't write alone
Will we make it, darling? I don't know.

Cos I've steeled this cavity
From a life stuck on repeat
Now you'll fly...

Promises will tend to weigh us down
Dont come back for me, I'm not this town.

All these words, but I'm not talking.
Stain my lips again, we'll stare down mountains.

All these words. We'll stare them down.

Parachutes won't work from here,
But we don't care
If the earth breaks us.