Australia (LP 2007)

by STandART

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1.
Seven Times 03:19
SEVEN TIMES I’ve been married for 7 times For 7 times a wolf has mauled my wife I’ve had to bury her for 7 times This strange coincidence won’t break my life I don’t give in to superstition But isn’t there a reason for suspicion? Possibly fatality is the answer Does anyone know? I don’t care, in fact, what was the colour of the cat That just crossed the road in a frightening step But why is then my heart so hasteful See shivers running down my spine I don’t give in to superstition But isn’t there a reason for suspicion Possibly fatality is the answer Does anyone know? I don’t give in to superstition But isn’t there a reason for suspicion Would You be my Number Eight? Would You say “Yes”? Would You say “Yes”? Would You say “Yes”? I don’t care, in fact, If You say “Yes” I don’t care, in fact, If You say “Yes”
2.
KĀ CITI DZĪVO Tavs mūžam zaļais akmens dārzs Ir sācis palēnam kalt Noguruši vecāki un Tavas meitenes balss Grūstoties starp pasažieriem Tu izkāp no autobusa Nokļūstot pieturā, kur bija runāts satikties Laiks ir apmācies Un diez vai tas skaidrosies Tas liek šaubīties, vai kāds vispār ieradīsies Un ja Tu vari atļauties Tad uzaicini viņu uz kino Un parādi savai meitenei Kā citi – citi dzīvo Tu tikai mazliet nokavēji Nepaspēji un pavisam aizmirsi Ka visas neaizņemtās vietas var tikai aizņemties Lai arī debesis ir vilka krāsā Lai arī cēloni ir grūti konstatēt Tu skaties viņas stikla acīs, redzot logu, no kā rītdien lēkt
3.
Corrosion 04:37
CORROSION Here come Your always-responsive friends Those are the symptoms of just another fit Clench your fists, try to push them out of Your bed But the brigade just sits on the edge quietly smiling Your bedside table fills with remedy White, yellow, light blue, orange, red and green Who would have imagined a life so colourful Who would have thought one more moment so meaningful And through the eye-lids Through finger apertures The corrosion creeps into you Despair devours You The only way to overcome Is to use a battering-ram Be a torpedo that’s Loaded with delight Who knows will she someday get to read your letters That you write each night before to fall asleep Scared that tomorrow can come not for You And the disease will use the darkness to fall on You You write in your letters what haven’t you done yet For the very last time haven’t tightly embraced her yet While you search in the sky for a guiding light It’s just a puddle reflecting Your sky And through the eye-lids Through finger apertures The corrosion creeps into you Despair devours You The only way to overcome Is to use a battering-ram Be a torpedo that’s Loaded with delight
4.
My Holiness 05:27
MY HOLINESS Here is my hand for You Hold it tight if You want To get on the other side You need a boat no more I can walk on water, girl With You in my arms My Holiness, my light Is going to erase Your fears Just let my hands lay on Your skin You need the sun no more I am the true sun for You I am for You But I need an open scar To save the sense Of who I am As the scars skin over Everything will be forgotten My smile will be untrue again
5.
THE SNAIL & THE HARE Step onto Your boat, jump onto Your train Leave Your home hundred miles away While pictures change as days go by There’s an aching that overtakes Your mind Hey Carry home on Your back Like a snail Hey Enter vast of life On one way rail You’re confused and can’t find Your space Homesick sight turned backwards to a place where it was safe Here comes another New Year and brings You tears The world is small, so don’t be scared You won’t get lost, we all are near Hey Focus on what’s forwards Like a dazzled hare Hey Home is on Your back If You’re gone astray
6.
FERNFAHRERTRAUM Volke von Flieder, such ein Gewand dir Das deiner Schőnheit nicht verbirgt Mach einen Schritt das der Glanz deiner augen Űber die ganze Welt hin erstrahlt Atme die Kűhle, die Frische des Morgens Setz einen blauen Falter ins Haar Űber die Wiese im Tau komm zum letzten Zum letzten Mal komm leise zu mir Nie werd’ ich dich wiedersehen Nie mehr werde ich dich spűren Nie mehr wirst du mich verfűren Nie.. Nie.. Nie mehr.. Taufeuchte Gräser und glitzernde Spinnweben Samml ich behutsam von deiner Haut Verdreh mich noch einmal den Kopf mach mich schwindlig Von violetten Schwaden berauscht Flűstre ins Ohr mir, weshalb heute Morgen Deine Wangen so nass sind vom Tau Lass mich zum letzten Mal dich betrachten Fűr immer wirst du mein Lieblingstraum sein Nie werd’ ich dich wiedersehen Nie mehr werde ich dich spűren Nie mehr wirst du mich verfűren Nie.. Nie.. Nie mehr.. Ewigkeiten.. Bis Morgen frűh.. Die Nacht wird vergehen, Entfernungen schwinden Un d es verzieht sich der Diesel Geruch Es dämmert der Morgen, ich schliesse die Augen Und dann träum’ich meinen Fernfahrertraum
7.
ANIMALS ON THE ROAD!/DZĪVNIEKI UZ CEĻA! Tev ir jātur modra acs, Dzīvnieki pār ceļu iet! You must keep a watchful eye, Animals are on the road!
8.
THE WONDERFUL FAIR If all the birds stop singing And Your neighbour teams his horse If it’s getting hard to breathe now You can already feel this curse If Joseph sells his brothers And animals overcrowd the ark Oh, then kneel down, poor man Entreat for little mercy Entreat for mercy Cause here comes The fair that profits and violates The fair that trades and annihilates Even the vault of heaven flakes off Every little being flees from foe Just take a look ahead of You And Your heart will jump as a doe A fearsome figure slips through the smaze Wrapped in slime and mystery And at his side is marching His faithful one-legged dog One-legged dog Whose master - The fair that profits and violates The fair that trades and annihilates Beware the wonderful fair!
9.
Energia 02:28
ENERGIA Energia
10.
TUMŠAS KAIJAS BALTĀS DEBESĪS Kas spēs mums palīdzēt Šo miegu izgulēt Acīm pusaizmigušām Pilnām, tukšām Ieslēgti ērtos dzīvokļos, Neatgriezeniskos kvadrātmetros Skaisti ļaudis televizoros Un nogurušie skatieni to ekrānos Mēģina starp daudzām svešām sejām Atrast savējās Slapjais asfalts gaismās spīd, Šeit kā vakar atkal pienāks rīts Kas dienas projām dzīs Kā baltas kaijas tumšās debesīs Gaisma izslēgta istabā, Tu paliec ar sevi divatā No koridora un kāpņu telpas Kāds iziet ārā No burtnīcu lapām būvētās istabas Atnāk mājās
11.
THE GREAT ABSOLUTION Fireworks de luxe shoot now high in the sky The great absolution has arrived Eyes are still looking for the biggest bowl While legs already gallop away All becomes holier than ever ‘Cause all becomes cheaper than ever The great absolution has arrived Who is not with us, will be under us Who’s given hands, it’s time for You to grab For 30 silver pieces the fame here is sold Truth is rented and felicity subscribed The beauty of You comes now almost for free Anyone in their way, will be erased You look holier than ever ‘Cause You give Yourself cheaper than ever The great absolution has arrived My sister, why don’t we stay together from now on My sweet heart, You give me the biggest income of all Through sunny courtyards People floating like a dark cloud Masses of sacred Marching to their promised land The streets are crowded with people in their Sunday best Holding inflated gum gods high in their hands One’s pale and lifeless, the other’s blood-red So much out of breath as if he’s to explode You whisper softer than ever But it scares me more than ever The great absolution has arrived See the cross so shining in our high outstretched hands Isn’t it just a trademark of a department store
12.
Aslan's Song 06:10
ASLAN’S SONG You’re waiting vainly for me A little friend of mine I won’t come to see You tonight Tonight I have no No right mood The mood to go to see You, girl Feels like I’m sick and tired I don’t want to infect You With bad thoughts Feels like the whole world Has joined it’s hands.. You’re waiting vainly for me A little friend of mine I won’t come to see You tonight Tonight I have no No right mood The mood to go to hell, to see You, girl Feels like the whole world Has joined it’s hands With bad thoughts I don’t want to infect You With any thoughts You’re waiting vainly for me A little friend of mine I won’t come to see You tonight See those big and brave men They have killed me The sleep lies in sand, there’s no sleep anymore You reach out for Your crutches Then near the window You mark Your time Barefoot, forehead by the glass Please don’t catch cold Why don’t You go to bed Sleep lies in sand, there is no sleep What are You yearning for at the window Sleep lies in sand, there is no sleep Go to bed All lies in sand, there is nothing here Go to bed Everyone lies in sand, there’s no one no more here
13.
Emigration 05:37
14.
Phasic 03:47
PHASIC It seems we’re safe and happy, no things can harm us now We don’t ask anything else, it’s already more than fair But then on a simpliest day so easy – our worlds collapse You feed the birds in our garden, alone and confused to despair It’s been a year since I’m watching You from above Our ways are parted now. Your life, Your laughter still goes on New impressions are there and new people for Your secrets to share Only bluebirds sing from the trees – it’s a phase You’re going through In our spirit We’re never alone We’ll live longer than sun We’ll last longer than stone In our spirit We’re always near And none of us Will ever disappear
15.
Winterize 02:01
16.
Australia 05:55
AUSTRALIA My day is over The work in the morning One more day like the others Full with nothing at all To fill the void Rushes water from the ceiling A parget falls down and Janitor’s completely drunk Water climbs The sea is reaching the table I’ve got to hurry To save Your photographs Just want to see You How long You can talk with pictures You said we’ll be going To Australia It’s so cold Outside my window Great snowflakes falling Like fluffy ostrich eggs It’s so dark Outside my window On that side of the globe Already kangaroos wake up Can’t fall asleep Mind’s full of thoughts, an overflow I want so much With You somewhere far away All there is Is just a killing of time now Until we’re going To Australia Dog stares at me like at fool With koala-sad eyes I try to tell him You’re just a little late Koala tells me I’m waiting vainly I send him away, who would have thought Koalas are so miserable liars It’s so cold outside my window I wait for us going to Australia It’s so dark outside my window I know we’ll be going to Australia

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The debut album of the Latvian electronic / alternative band STandART, nominated for the Best Debut 2007 at the Latvian Music Awards.

"STandART has many cards up their sleeve, a few of which being the soul crushing vocals and music following the traditions of honest analogue synthpop."
- Anders Melts, "Body Machine Body" festival organizer, Estonia

"Rather impressive for a debut album – particularly when their origin isn’t somewhere widely looked at for new scene bands."
- Kevin Morris, TWF magazine, UK

"Synth-pop of the highest quality." 8/10
- Luiz Soncini, "Elegy Iberica" magazine, Portugal

"Among others, STandART offer two songs sung in their mother tongue, which give the album something very special, something that seems to reflect the clear skies and a cold morning on the Baltic Sea. This cold and gloomy mood is expressed to perfection even piano "Emigration" or the closing title track, a track that sails between resignation and hope, worthy of closing an album certainly different from many other things, this is absolutely worthwhile. The disc is ideal for a cold and rainy day." 8/10
- Paolo Chemnitz, "Darkroom" magazine, Italy

“Points for originality, as no band in our region play so stylistically pure derivation of the 80’s depressive synth-pop. (..) Another praise for album design that suits the musical atmosphere. All together leaves an impression of a good taste.”
Performance – 4/5
Enjoyment – 4/5
Design – 5/5
Dace Volfa
“Mūzikas Saule” magazine, Latvia

Performance – 4/5
Enjoyment – 4/5
Design – 4/5
Jānis Stundiņš
“Mūzikas Saule” magazine, Latvija

Performance – 4/5
Enjoyment – 3/5
Design – 5/5
Kaspars Zaviļeiskis
“Mūzikas Saule” magazine, Latvija

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released September 14, 2007

Gauja Records (GAUJA 003)
Produced by Kaspars Tobis, Sandris Savickis and STandART

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STandART is a synthfolk / darkwave band formed in 2002 in Jelgava, Latvia. STandART has released 3 albums, 17 singles and played live in the Baltics, Finland, Sweden and Poland.

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