PRESS

IN PRINT:

"★★★★ Orchestral pop songs, sung in a dark baritone, which are as full as they are elegantly arranged . . . every song is chock full of beautiful details without it becoming overbearing . . . On 'Eyes Fully Open' he sings better than ever."
~ Gijsbert Kamer, Volkskrant

"★★★★ During the [live] set he comes across satisfied and relaxed . . . and, with his 6-person [backing] band, goes through the entire album in an impressively organic manner."
~ Hans van Lissum, Het Parool

"Wonderful record, warm, richly orchestrated, adventurous yet classic songs."
~ Sander Donkers, Vrij Nederland

"[Dubbe] now comes across as a serious singer and multi-instrumentalist . . . Far removed from rock & roll, Dubbe is making cool songs. It is good that Bauer is back."
~ René Megens, Magazine OOR

"Multi-layered instantly memorable pop of the highest rank; the tastiest of flavors."
~ Johan Kugelberg, Boo-Hooray


COMPLETE REVIEWS/ INTERVIEWS:

Click any to enlarge. English translations for several articles available upon request.



SHORT BIO (full bio below):

New album from Bauer after 10 years: "Eyes Fully Open"

Berend Dubbe, the man who has been at the wheel since Bauer's debut (1999's "On the Move"), brings us ten songs full of references to early Hollywood, TV-soundtracks, and orchestral and progressive music of the 1970s. Still – "Eyes Fully Open" manages unprecedented modernity. Never has Bauer sounded so vulnerable yet grandiose at the same time.

It's been a long wait, but as Bauer sings in "The Alchemist," the first single of the album: "ALL WILL BE FINE IN THE LONG RUN."



FULL BIO:

New album from Bauer after 10 years: "Eyes Fully Open"

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 3 albums, 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, intensive undertaking, but as Bauer sings in "The Alchemist," the first single of the album: "ALL WILL BE FINE IN THE LONG RUN."

"Eyes Fully Open" arrived on 7 October, 2016 on vinyl, CD, and download through Basta Music (Benelux).

On 13 October, a live show with full band celebrated the release of the record in the main hall at Paradiso Noord / Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam. The performance was given 4 stars by Het Parool newspaper.

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


label contact: Jeroen at Basta Music
bookings: Pien at Friendly Fire


Bauer online:
facebook.com/bauertheartist
twitter.com/bauertheartist
Bauer on YouTube


PROMO IMAGES:

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Photo:
Roel Siebrand

Photo:
Robert Lagendijk

Album cover:
"Eyes Fully Open"