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- Boatmen - Strictly Confidential
Balthazar has announced the details of their forthcoming album "Sand"heralded by the first taste of the album, with the track and accompanying video for "Losers".
Unmistakably Balthazar, "Losers" unfurls engulfed in disco beats and falsetto vocals whilst furthering their journey from the rejuvenated environs of 2018’s "Fever". Filmed on location in Belgium, the accompanying video features the entire band in various guises and calls to mind memories of a (ny) 70’s crime series that depicts the track’s narrative in a literal manner.
Led by Jinte Deprez and Maarten Devoldere who unite both on writing duties and as frontmen, Balthazar continue to satisfy their thirst for the less rigid parameters that resulted whilst working on 2018’s "Fever". Refining their approach to writing, the subsequent recording and following their own solo excursions Jinte, under the nom de plume J.Bernardt with his R&B infused Running Days and Maaarten with the louche, torch song influenced Warhaus – the fluidity and uninhibited process provided an alternative and altogether less restrictive blueprint. One that was undoubtedly aided by their own solo projects.
As Maarten comments; “we did a lot of things that we haven’t done previously – we’ve never used as many drum samples or used bass synths before. So that was an exciting step for us.” Jinte interjects; “it was a very modern way of making an album, due to the constraints of the pandemic and we had to work remotely and converse electronically rather than in a studio.”
It follows then that "Sand", a soulful alt-pop embrace albeit less encumbered from the melancholic shackles of the past pursues this newfound road whilst providing the two writers and the band with their most cohesive album to date.