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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 26 februari 2021 | Play It Again Sam

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An airy voice, a controlled nonchalance, somewhere between indie rock and offbeat pop tinged with electronica: the Belgians of Balthazar are stepping onto the same stage, into the same club, as Tame Impala or Mac DeMarco. They lead us into these shifting, moving sands with a mean elegance. The two leading lights of the group, Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Deprez, impressed a growing audience in 2019 with Fever, four years after a hiatus during which they set off on solo adventures (Warhaus for Devoldere, J. Bernardt for Deprez). Sand, released in 2021, smoothly picks up where its predecessor left off. The sustained rhythm on Moment, the first track, is criss-crossed by brass, and the languor of the vocals, lead and backing, soulfully intone "free your mind, free your mind". This first track sets the tone for the rest of the album, with a warmer, soulful spirit, as on On A Roll, or the dark and sensual I Want You. We also hear the addition of some brass instruments, here a saxophone, there some tropical percussion... There are points where one imagines a 21st century Bryan Ferry, in the close, muggy atmosphere of the soundscapes and this phrasing that lingers and wanders... Take, for example, the cheerful Hourglass, warmed up again by black choirs. The nods to Mac DeMarco become a little heavy-handed perhaps on You Won't Come Around and Leaving Antwerp, with their little synthetic melodies. And then there's the matter of the cover that depicts an alien monster, which certainly makes an impression, but hardly fits the atmosphere of the album. It's offbeat: offbeat is the key word for Balthazar! © Yan Céh/Qobuz
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 25 januari 2019 | Play It Again Sam

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Goodbye sadness, hello sensuality – it’s a brand-new Balthazar! The Belgian band is going off the beaten track and leaving their last three lethargic albums behind them. The new album begins with the thick, groovy bass-line powered by percussion and choirs in the leading single Fever and follows on with the stripped-down synth in Changes, the beat in Grapefruit, the wavering strings in Roller Coaster and the sax solo in Wrong Faces. Even Jinte Deprez’s tone has changed, his voice is weightier. During recording, producer Jasper Maekelberg shaped this ensemble of eleven tracks equipped with a lavish and well-polished orchestration into a well-arranged mix of pop with hints of bossa nova and jazz. The result is an album somewhere between the dandyism of Baxter Dury, the summery funk of Parcels and tropical vibes of Claire Laffut. An awesome come-back. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 30 maart 2015 | Play It Again Sam

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De eerste twee albums produceerde de Belgische formatie Balthazar zelf, maar voor het derde album Thin Walls uit 2015 vinden de muzikanten Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode) en Jason Cox (Massive Attack, Gorillaz) bereid voor de productie te tekenen. Toch heeft de aanpak van deze gerenommeerde producers geen dramatische invloed op het album. Zoals we van de Belgem gewend zijn presenteren ze op hun nieuwe album weer aanstekelijke indierock-songs, die zich kenmerken door een fraai gelaagde opbouw. Op de plaat is voor het eerst de nieuwe drummer Michiel Balcaen te horen. © TiVo
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 15 oktober 2012 | Play It Again Sam

Deuxième album du groupe de rock alternatif belge, Rats sort en 2012, soit deux ans après Applause. Si le groupe a conservé la base de la recette sonore appliquée sur son premier opus, il fait un bon en avant en termes d'écriture, délaissant quelque peu ses penchants discoïdes et livrant des mélodies plus insidieuses sur un lit de pop orchestrale du plus bel effet articulée autour d'une basse omniprésente jouée au médiator, d'un chant parfois traînant à la Dylan et d'arrangements subtils utilisant claviers, cordes et autres instruments sortant du carcan pop, comme sur l'obsédant "Sinking Ship" ou la sophistiquée "Any Suggestion". © TiVo
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 8 augustus 2011 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 24 september 2021 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 21 januari 2021 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 29 oktober 2020 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 5 februari 2020 | Play It Again Sam

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House - Verschenen op 26 maart 2021 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 8 januari 2016 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 13 januari 2014 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 29 oktober 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 23 maart 2015 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 12 november 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 26 november 2020 | Play It Again Sam

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Electronic - Verschenen op 24 januari 2019 | Play It Again Sam

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Wereldmuziek - Verschenen op 11 november 1998 | Twistar Music

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 21 januari 2019 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 4 januari 2019 | Play It Again Sam

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