Synapses

by Pleasantry

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about

“Memory, I realize, can be an unreliable thing; often it is heavily colored by the circumstances in which one remembers, and no doubt this applies to certain of the recollections I have gathered here.” – Kazuo Ishiguro, A Pale View of Hills

Collective memory is an odd thing: what we consider shared experiences are hardly ever truly shared at all. Fraught with disconnections and distortions, they are felt and interpreted individually – subjectively – as our personal journeys impact the moments we remember and the recollections we make.

Following the release of their Inhabit EP in March 2014, Pleasantry launch their much anticipated debut album 'Synapses' out on KittyWu Records.

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released August 22, 2014

Pleasantry is:

Samantha Teng - Vocals
Isa Ong - Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Ukulele
Ahmad Ariff - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Adel Rashid - Guitar, Bass
Haziq Hussain - Guitar, Vocals
Daniaal Adam - Drums, Percussions

Musical contributions:

Strings on “Farewell Waltz”, “Spent”, “Owls” and “Swan Song” by Josh Wei.
Vocals on “False Realities”, “Habit”, “Swan Song” by Weish.
Horn section on “Take It In” by Alfrey Noor, Hafiz Ismail, “Dizzy” Dzulhusnie and Shah Rizal.
Keyboards on “Nothing’s There”, “Swan Song” and “False Realities” by Firdauz Asyraft.

Engineered and Mixed by Leonard Soosay at Snakeweed Studios in Singapore.
Mastered by Rick Fisher and Rachel Field at RFI Mastering in Seattle, WA.
All songs written, arranged and performed by Pleasantry.

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Pleasantry Singapore

Pleasantry was conceptualized and formed in late 2010. Recycling musicians from active as well as inactive bands, the quintet crafts and carves music out of each member’s disparate listening backgrounds. Drawing inspiration from dreamed-up scenarios based on real-life scripts, compositions showcase simple lyrical tones offset by the accompaniment of rich instrumentation and varied song structures. ... more

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Track Name: Channels
Stone walls
They divide the silence to
Forget it all again
And I found momentary lies
To scribble on stone

Different interaction
Paves a path
Weaves a web
You’ll never forget
Feel fear, feel

Who you are
Who you’ve been forms a road
Beyond stone walls
Track Name: False Realities
False realities
Concocted by childhood fantasies

I couldn't be

Past anomalies
You and I, we're separate entities

I couldn't see

Swallow expectations
Invented by their calculations

Self-mutilation
Inspired by the population
Track Name: Habit
I'm too used to you
Breathing down my neck
To, to please you
I'll bite the nail
Hammer down, hammer down my neck

I ran through avenues
To pry myself from you
But I'll stick to habit
I'll kiss the blade
Cutting down, cutting down my neck

I can't, I can't
You’ll mess, you’ll mess it all
I'll stay, I'll stay
I'll give, I'll give and you will take
Track Name: Take It In
You've got a lifetime
So don't let it get you down
Don't let it get you down

You're gonna be alright
It'll all fall into place
You'll fall into place

You'll see it all
Let it take you in

You've got your motive
So go and take it up
Go and take it up

Hesitation
You see it coming
You see it failing
Track Name: Spent
The last they saw of me
The last they saw of me

Shapes and sounds pull me

(Deeper and deeper and)

Wishes keep me wishing
That I'll be satisfied

(Deeper and deeper and)

Ponder on questions
Answers punched me out

(Deeper and deeper and)

I've lost those pages ages ago
I've lost those pages ages ago
Track Name: Owls
Dark night
Cold ground
No one
Nowhere

I know that you’ll be fine
I know that you’ll be kind
I know that you’ll be fine
I know that you’re behind me

Way upon the surface
You got it all but you leave it behind
Track Name: Swan Song
You are, you are
You are my shining moonlight
Your voice, it sounds
It sounds like a song I used to sing

The leaves, they fall
They fall like teardrops from your eyes
I know, I know
I know something isn't right

The book we wrote
Leaving a trace of memories
These words I read
I can no longer comprehend
The truth, the lies
Where do we draw the fine line?
You knew, but why?
Of all those hearts you could break
This hurt, it burns
Burns through the silence of the night
You're gone, you're gone
Forever has a number

Au revoir, au revoir
So long my shining moonlight
Au revoir, au revoir
So long my shining moonlight

I'll never know what you don't know

We'll never know what they don't know
Track Name: Nothing's There
This is a whole new war of worlds
Go
Set my eyes ablaze in cadence

Heavy hearts, high heads
Move
Wander through the wayward world

Misfire, war zone, deadly walls
Go
Send us through

I'm getting where I’m going
This light will never change
The more I fear, the more it shows

I'm getting where I’m going
This light will never change
The more I fear, the more it shows

There's nothing that
There's nothing that would keep us here
Track Name: Terminals
Daybreak unfolds in a distant state
Unknown to the
Eyes of a separate fate
Touch the memories
Shared by minds that coalesce

One step away
One more and it’ll be okay

What can I say?
I thought we’d never see the light of day
Seize reality
Living in not knowing
What’s the point when this could all be
Just a dream

Now we’re finally here
Now it’s all clear

One more and it’ll be okay