Australia (LP 2007)

by STandART

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about

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 Latvia

STandART is a synthfolk / darkwave band formed in 2002 in Jelgava, Latvia. STandART has released 3 albums, 16 singles and played live in the Baltics, Finland, Sweden and Poland.

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Track Name: Seven Times
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”
Track Name: Kā Citi Dzīvo
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
Track Name: Corrosion
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
Track Name: My Holiness
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
Track Name: The Snail & The Hare
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
Track Name: Fernfahrertraum
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
Track Name: Animals On The Road!
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!
Track Name: The Wonderful Fair
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!
Track Name: Energia
ENERGIA

Energia
Track Name: Tumšas Kaijas Baltās Debesīs
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
Track Name: The Great Absolution
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
Track Name: Aslan's Song
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
Track Name: Phasic
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
Track Name: Australia
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