'Enter Sanctuary' is a mini-album with 5 new tracks. The Dutch is Hans Croon (vox, guitar), Bert Croon (keyboards), Jan de Kruijf (bass), Klaas Jonkmans (drums). Bert, Jan and Klaas also sing backing vocals. Fay Lovsky sings backing vocals on the title song.
Mixed and produced by Jan de Kruijf, mastered by Wout de Kruif.
The last album was 'Werkman', named after the Dutch artist Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman (1882-1945). Most songs on the album are inspired by De Ploeg ("The Plow"), a group of artists from Groningen, the Netherlands, who explored a unique kind of expressionism in the first half of the 20th century. H.N. Werkman was one of the leading members of De Ploeg. As De Ploeg was founded in 1918, 2018 marks the centenary of this avant-garde collective. So Long H.N. Werkman, the first song on the album and also the first single, is an homage to the printer, painter and artist who never ceased to inspire his colleagues to seek new ways of making art. The song reflects his adventurous nature, his optimism and the color richness of his “druksels”. In the song, Job Cohen, the former mayor of Amsterdam, reads one of Werkman’s Dadaist poems.
Other songs on the album that are inspired by H.N. Werkman or De Ploeg are Sunday Afternoon (Hello Sunshine) and Spellbound (dedicated to Jan Wiegers).
Completing the album are Out Of Your Mind, in which a row of books are feeling bored and wondering when their owner will have time to read one of them, instead of gaming and Netflixing and sitting in front of screens all the time; and By And By Astray, in which The Dutch make fun of themselves and wonder if they would be better off if they started juggling careers.
The last song on the album is a reprise of Sunday Afternoon (Hello Sunshine). In the original song, the sun is shining and everybody is hunky-dory, but there is a gloomy atmosphere around the corner; in the reprise the clouds have all disappeared and there is a feeling of optimism - the optimism of De Ploeg.
The album was recorded and produced by Martijn Groeneveld and mastered by Darius van Helfteren. It is released on the Run The Story label.
The music video for So Long H.N. Werkman was made by animation artist Iris Frankhuizen, and made possible by means of a financial contribution by the Groninger Museum and the Stichting 100 jaar De Ploeg.