FOR FANS OF:
The Divine Comedy. Last Shadow Puppets. Laura Mvula. David Sylvian. Bent van Looy. 10cc. Kate Bush. Glen Campbell. Frank Sinatra. Jimmy Webb. The Free Design. Scott Walker.
If there was ever going to be a new Bauer album, then it had to be *the* Bauer album. This was the approach taken by Berend Dubbe, the man who has been at the wheel since Bauer's debut album (1999's "On the Move").
With "Eyes Fully Open," this lengthy process has reached its apotheosis. The 10 songs are full of references to early Hollywood and TV-soundtracks, the orchestral pop of Scott Walker, and the progressive music of the 1970s, while still managing unprecedented modernity.
Bauer holds a unique place in the Dutch music landscape.
Thanks to his exotic sampling skills on "On the Move," Dubbe was an underdog hero for many home recording artists of the early 2000s. Fast-forwarding to 2016, the listener is met with a full-fledged Pop Pundit. There's no room for irony or low-fi gimmicks on this album, which consists of one strictly heartfelt composition after another. Never before has a Bauer album sounded so vulnerable yet grandiose at the same time, a new phase ushered in with help from several special guests, including his former bandmates, Carol van Dyk and Peter Visser (Bettie Serveert).
From 2000 to 2006, as a duo with Sonja van Hamel, Bauer made three albums (see below), winning a Silver Harp in 2000 and working with the Grammy-winning Metropole Orchestra on "The Bauer Melody of 2006." For the past ten years, Dubbe has worked on many projects, including composing for films and singing in well-regarded Sinatra and Beach Boys tribute concerts, all alongside his long-standing career as the voice of television station Net5.
Bringing the new album to life once again as a solo artist has been a time-consuming, but as Bauer sings in "The Alchemist," the first single of the album: "ALL WILL BE FINE IN THE LONG RUN."
The long wait is over.
"Eyes Fully Open" arrived on 7 October, 2016 on vinyl, CD, and download through Basta Music (Benelux).
The record release show took place on 13 October, 2016 in the main hall at Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam.
Bauer live is:
Berend Dubbe – Vocals, Minimoog, sampler
Gwen Thomas – Bass, vocals, flute
Maarten Helsloot – Minimoog, Mellotron, other keys
Fred Bosch – Guitar
Menno Klijn – Guitar
Bas Bouma – Drums
David Lukács – Clarinet, sax
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2, 3, 4: Duo with Sonja van Hamel.