Give Pleasure

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Please note that these CDs were produced under Give Pleasure’s old moniker, “Tesh.” This album was then-known-as Spectaclist.

This new LP, namely Give Pleasure, is a genre-hopping success in sewing together elements of post-rock, colagist sound, electro-pop, and studio gloss. Composed and produced over the course of 18 months, the record takes its listeners on a journey that explores the predicament of balancing aspirationally-pop compositions produced in a context lacking the larger fanbase, budget, and infrastructure typical of a "pop" release. It compellingly explores this irony of presenting work for consideration in a cannon that doesn't take demos. It is an album about inside/outside, about imaginaries and association, and about relationships unacknowledged/unnoted. 

The artwork was made by the artist/photographer Sam Youkilis.

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released October 12, 2017

Written, performed, produced, recorded, mixed, & mastered by Tom Moore (BMI) except where noted.

Album artwork by Sam Youkilis.

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Track Name: Pocket Knife (Time's Up!)
Some time last year we thought we’d go that way
But there’s a man with a pocket knife
Oh, convincing, it's just too late

There are people in theaters
Promised the silver screen
Don’t you misbehave there
Where you’re surrounded by light

There’s a man with a pocket knife

There’s always something somewhere

But I
Don’t think of
This
Other thing
That you do
No,
I don’t
Track Name: Wear Your Heart on a Sleeve
This mess that hangs loosely from my shoulders
It’s a civil war of our memories’ decisions to mean different meanings, yeah
I contort
But is this some kind of romancing
That I haven’t seen before
Before…
Before…

I think I’ll lay down here
At risk of warmth and comfort
Resign and turn myself in
Or make another effort?
Track Name: Parking Lot Polemics
Something’s happened
I’m not where I’ve been before
It sees me sitting
Forceless spine curving towards
An open passage
Of shapeable light

Forming stories
Which enjoy being told
To formless people
Who don’t seek guidance anymore
Track Name: Diamond Cutter
Step outside
Just for a minute, friend
Hear me out—it’s been tough
And here’s what I’ve got down

She says “stop—

I can see you like a diamond cutter
You’re rough around the edges
Unorganized
With running thoughts
There are three steps to solve this…”

(1)
I need to know how to say it—
If I can’t…
I’ll take a diagnosis I’ll only half understand
I want to speak your language

(2)
I’ll think of pop song singers
Oh, they live to sing about it
They will even dance for me!
They make maps of our problems

(3)
Once I have taste
I’ll make my friends

Among like-minded company
I won’t stand out
(Stand out)
(I’ll be solved!)
I’ll be solved!
I won’t stand out
I’ll be solved!
Ooooooooooo solved…
I won’t stand out
I won’t stand out…
Track Name: The Sense of Humor
Point me in the right direction
Take a sip, take a hit

But
There’s
Something
Else…

A quick history of me in one thing
Trynna get a story made out of me
I could actually use that

All my efforts end in purchasing
Another hat, another part of me
I could actually use that

We were talking in code—still
About opening up

This is how nothing happens
This is how nothing happens

We tell the truth, yeah?

(Nothing happens)

What I don’t mind is
A little bit of story-telling
Telling things as they are
Is quietly staring
At the same scene unable
To express relation

About opening up
Track Name: Where Would I Go? (Feat. Jack)
Stories stop
It’s not mysterious
John is on his way home

He passes his old school
But there’s no magic as he’d expected

There’re just bricks and windows
A lawn too easy to see across

The traffic, the traffic
The traffic and the firefighters

It’s not mysterious
There’s not a story here

There’s not a story here

(Where do I go?)

The traffic
The traffic and the firefighters…

Firefighters

(Where do I go?)

(It’s a sign)

(You’re do or die)

(Where do I go?)
Track Name: Not Impossible / Damaged Goods
Your soul mate is wrapped up in too much description
But you want a friend?
With with whom you’d stand against the world?
That kind of person…
Who would philosophize your disgrace

But it doesn’t really work like that
No it doesn’t really work like that

Let’s be cool
And think of one another, now
Let’s be civilized
And reflect on our own positions

(It’s not impossible)

It’s not impossible
It’s not impossible
It’s not impossible

You’ve been tangled in your words some time
(Your disgrace)
You’ve been tangled in your words some time
Working on my english—
Working on my… english
You’ve been tangled in your words sometime
(Your disgrace)
(It’s not impossible)
Here, I’m alone
With everything all of the time
(It’s not impossible)
You’ve been tangled in your words
some time
(It’s not impossible)
Here, I’m alone
(ahhhh)
With everything all of the time
I, think of pop song singers
I, think of pop song singers
(It’s not impossible)
You’ve been tangled in your words some time
Here, I’m alone
But I am just a damaged good
(Impossible)
If I am just a damaged good,
You’ve been tangled
You’ve been tangled in your words some time, now
Track Name: Optimistic
We’re not there yet
But we’re dancing in the living room
Picking our future like a rug
We’re being careful, but decisive

We’re being people that we are not

This feels optimistic
While I’m sitting in the corner
Pulling hangnails
How could we have missed it?
Rigged doors with school alarms

They don’t stop ringing ’til we call ourselves in…

I might be lying in a fantasy
With the most beautiful woman!
Together, we dress humbly
To prove our comfort with cool

Come with me!
Won’t we go out tonight?

This place we’ve built together—
I could die here
Which is to say that really love it!

That I really love it!
That I really love it!
Track Name: Laundry Eyes (Tell Me I'm so Good at it)
Stories I have written
Feelings not yet had

You see,
I had a plan for this…

Washing machine windows
Works in progress

To be a pop song singer
And be unknown

Tell me I’m not good enough
Tell me this could could work
Track Name: With Feeling
I don’t know
How to make this

What’s the recipe?
For contentment


What’s your number?
What’s your number?
…Your name?
Track Name: Holiday!
It’s so easy to say you’re sorry
But it won’t go away
(No, no, no, ah!)
I don’t wanna hear what you have to say

I don’t, I don’t
There’s a dream I have—

Where you go somewhere
So far away
I stay right here
For a holiday
Like I’m sixteen
Spring break at home
I’m all right

You’ve the really good friends that don’t know you
Don’t you get too proud
What am I singing about?
It’s just a melody!
IT DOESN’T MEAN A THING!
It’s here to make the song better!

I’m not even thinking about where it goes
Now I am!
Yes, it’s spring, it’s spring in
TEN DAYS!

The clocks, speed them up…
The clocks, speed them up!

There’s a dream I have—

Where you go somewhere
So far away
I stay right here
For a holiday
Like I’m sixteen
Spring break at home
I’m all right

I find it easy
To think of other ways this could have turned out
But coded messages and polite displays
It’s too much, it’s just too much to— stop now

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