Press

About STandART 2009-2011:

“The album is closed by one of the best lullabies I have ever heard.”
Performance – 4/5
Enjoyment – 5/5
Dace Volfa
“Mūzikas Saule” magazine, Latvia

“Finally, this Latvian electronic workshop has found a balance between emotional British electroclash and motoric German dark wave synth pop that brings originality to the front and makes a pleasant listening. The best – the result is neither of the styles, as the music sublimes in new quality.”
Performance – 4/5
Enjoyment – 4/5
Jānis Stundiņš
“Mūzikas Saule” magazine, Latvia

“When back in 2002 the band introduced itself with a very strange video and unusual sound, there were only two possibilites: either this was just another try to patch up the holes of the Latvian music tapestry – that is usually not a long-term process – or these fashionably dressed young men will become respectable members of the marginal, yet very necessary underground music environment. With their second album, STandART proves the second case and raises a black velvet curtain revealing a melancholic, silently powerful cabaret of emotions.”
Performance – 4/5
Enjoyment – 4/5
Toms Treibergs
“Mūzikas Saule” magazine, Latvia

“First looks can be deceiving, they don’t reveal enough to form a qualified opinion and in case of STandART’s new album it would have been a shame. The arrangements are well worked out in their vintage clothing, detailed enough to not get bored by it after a short time already, and with a voice like that on top they should be able to break out of their niche existence soon and getting to play themselves into the hearts of a much bigger audience.”
https://www.reflectionsofdarkness.com/artists-p-t-cdreviews-134/6553-standart-autumn-news
Music: 8
Sound: 9
Extras: –
Total: 8.5 / 10
Sebastian Huhn
Music webzine “Reflections of Darkness”, Germany

“The album actually dismisses the latest misconceptions that classify Eastern Europe within a marginal creativity. The proof is here: STandART are back!”
Massimo Colombo
Music webzine “D-side”, Italy

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About STandART 2007-2008:

“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

“The chances are that the sincere southern synthpop band needs no introduction. They have been around here several times and won over many hearts. 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, DJ, Estonia

“Synth-pop of the highest quality.” 8/10
Luiz Soncini
Promoter, DJ, “Elegy Iberica” magazine, Portugal

“It’s all very smartly put together, it’s an album you can get a touch lost in at times, until someone throws you by singing in another language. It’s mostly mellow and subdued. But, rather impressive for a debut album – particularly when their origin isn’t somewhere widely looked at for new scene bands. Perhaps in ways they could benefit from a touch more budget, or to play more gigs around all of Europe with other bands to help them strengthen.”
Kevin Morris
TWF magazine, UK

“Among others, STandART offer two songs sung in their mother tongue, which give the album something very special something that seems 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: sincere compliments to this band.” 8/10
https://www.darkroom-magazine.it/ita/101/Recensione.php?r=912
Paolo Chemnitz
“Darkroom” magazine, Italy

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About STandART 2006:

“What hits most of all is the production, pretty much perfect, that makes this group really professional and competitive. Crystal Music.” 8/10
Paolo Chemnitz
DJ, musician, “Rock Hard Italia” magazine, Italy

“You see the songs are easy to listen to with good choruses and nice melodies. This together with a kind of moodiness in the production. One thing though that I noticed while listening is the song “Energia”. It’s a song that shows the bands will to experiment with their music. The analog synths together with drummachines dominate, and that gives STandART a very warm sound where the guitars melt into the sound great.” 7/10
Robert Ryttman
“Zero Music Magazine”, Sweden

8/10
Luiz Soncini
Promoter, DJ, “Elegy Iberica” magazine, Portugal