Ideal Standards Vol. 1

by Contemporary Dead Finnish Music Ensemble

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"The album brings to mind the spacey and grandiose approach of AYREON or the bombastic/melodic sound of EXPLORER'S CLUB and comes like an interesting mix of Space Rock, Heavy Prog and modern Neo Prog, where the tracks are carefully measured but at the same time quite demanding.The music relies heavily upon Sirkiä's crystalline vocals, Antti Pesonen's nice rhythm guitars and intricate solos and Jalava's diverse keyboard parts.''Ideal Standards Vol. 1'' is extremely lyrical, but it contains also plenty of good instrumental ideas with spacey synthesizers, bombastic tunes and melodic textures." -- apps79, ProgArchives.com

"As a sugar in the bottom, for my taste that is, a whopping album from Antti Pesonen and friends. There is more to come, they say (vol 2…), I can hardly wait. All in all one of the best prog-releases of the new millenium! In the music, there are similarities to Flower King, Spock’s Beard and White Willow. Heavy symphonic music with lots of air and delicacy. Great male and female vocals. Fine playing and awesome progressive arrangements. One of the best records of finnish prog-rock." 5 stars *****. -- ProgePirkka, ProgolForum

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released December 1, 2004

Katja Sirkiä: vocals
Matti Jalava: vocals (tracks 1&5), voice, Steinway Model D #524635, Nord Electro 2
Antti Pesonen: guitars, synthesizers, bass (tracks 5&6), vocoder, programming, sound manipulation and arrangements
Rami Talja: bass and fretless bass
Teemu Hänninen: drums (tracks 3-5)
Tuomo Lassila: drums and percussion (tracks 2, 6-9)

All music, titles and lyrics by AP unless otherwise indicated.
Track 1: music by AP/Jalava, lyrics by Kalle Laine. Track 3: music by AP/Talja. Tracks 2, 5&7: lyrics by Kimmo Kankaanpää/AP. Track 9: original lyrics by Marko Latvanen, English translation by AP.

Engineered, recorded(*) and mixed (from summer 2000 until summer 2004) by AP at mellvox studios and at the Finnish National Opera Studio with the great and irreproachable help of gentlemen Huotari, Laukkanen and Vahvelainen - and - "Father of Sound" Mr. Tiitinen. (*)Steinway Model D on track 1 recorded by Kai Lassfolk at FNO.

Mastered by Minerva Pappi at finnvox studios on June 10th, 2004.

Cover design by Matti Jalava, Photography by Qumma

Produced by Antti Pesonen

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Contemporary Dead Finnish Music Ensemble Helsinki, Finland

CDFME is a musical community with sole purpose to bring good music to the world.
The Ensemble was born in a year 2000 out of the need to bring back some of the more ambitious and progressive music that had to go literally underground in the 1980’s-90’s.
The music is intensive symphonic rock with lots of room for air, melodic and cinematic, progressive without being pompous in a needless manner.
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Track Name: HighKing Music
Where would you go when the odds ain't winning?
What would you do when the turmoil is giving you a spin?
Why can't I ever win?

Leaving behind all the questions and answers and commentaries
Hoping to find something value to fill out the void

Taking these boots, they are made for hiking
Packing the knapsack, taking off the wedding ring
Watch me go, I'm the King

Leaving behind all my loved ones and friends and commitments
Hoping to find something value to fill out the void

Leaving behind all my loved ones and friends and commitments
Hoping to find, hitchhike, someone new to utilize

It wasn't the first and it won't be the last time
I'm feeling the thirst and your love ain't worth a dime
So what if it is a crime?

Leaving behind all the questions and answers and commentaries
Hoping to find something value to fill out the void
Leaving behind all my loved ones and friends and commitments
Hoping to find, hitchhike, someone new to utilize,
Fill the void, will you please?
Track Name: Dark Ages
Trumpets and violins oh they are covering the floor
I know I mustn’t break them so I’m getting to the door
Trough the air – trough the air

The door of night is thou only thing I find
I turn around and see no portals of other kind
Ooh dark ages – ooh closed cages

Inspiration sprouts from the seeds of sorrow
Pain I know from the awe of tomorrow
Ooh dark ages – ooh fearful faces

Left alone denied of your love
By myself the spheres I roam
Ooh dark ages – ooh endless places

Feel like home
Reel high grown
All my dreams
All my fears

Feel like home
Reel high grown
All my dreams
All my fears

Left alone denied of your love
By myself the spheres I roam
Ooh dark ages – ooh endless places
Track Name: The Probe (Away from the Way)
They heard some cosmic noise
"It's clear, there is no choice"
"The source is urgent to trace"
So they launched me into outer space

I receive, I pick up all these signals
I keep looking constanly, through the glass
(looking, constanly, through the glass)

My eyes have seen wonderful things
Black holes dance when the sky waves sing
I receive, I pick up, through the glass
In the expance this probe is away from the way

I've done my mission
Now beyond transmission
They've had what they came for
I'm lonely and have no home anymore

I receive, I perceive all these signals
I keep looking endlessly, through the glass

Explore the inner space
Find more about the human race
The core, the innermost, do I have one?
Too far I went and they have won

Receive! Pick up!
Perceive! Through the glass
Track Name: Stop the Machine!
Mother Earth is hanging by a thread
this should be clear to every one
Shattered strings are floating all around
Just get a grip and you're done!

Spinning up and down, living in the humdrum
is well enough for the ludicrous dumb
From myself I shall create the Unspinning Machine
I'll break the ties, I'll live to see

I open wide both my eyes
Use my ears like radar
It's so easy, whole wide world fills up my head
I open wide both my eyes

Start up the Machine!

Day by day I know more and more
Beauty, wisdom - I grasp one and all
My head gobbles up the textile of the world
It's so hilarious, enormous and spacious!

Something absolute I might have forgotten
don't know how to reverse the tracks
Five billion every man jacks
oddly gaze at me, silently

Close your eyes, one by one
Turn away your radar ears
It doesn't ease, the world still squeezes through the head
Close your eyes, one by one

Stop the Machine!
Stop the Machine!

Day by day my knowledge overflows
It's all mixed up, beauty and ugliness
The universe without any strings at all
glares at me in her nakedness

Mother Earth is hanging by a thread
this should be clear to every one
Shattered strings are floating all around
Just get a grip and you're done!