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Alternative & Indie - Released October 15, 2012 | Play It Again Sam

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3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a breath of fresh air. This is in part down to a chamber-orchestral flourish that gives it a touch of Serge Gainsbourg's sentimental, sleazy glamour..." © TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 26, 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 & Indie - Released January 25, 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 & Indie - Released March 30, 2015 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 24, 2021 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 8, 2011 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 21, 2021 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 29, 2020 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 5, 2020 | Play It Again Sam

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House - Released March 26, 2021 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 8, 2016 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 29, 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 31, 2015 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 23, 2015 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 26, 2020 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 12, 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Electronic - Released January 24, 2019 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 21, 2019 | Play It Again Sam

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World - Released November 11, 1998 | Twistar Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 4, 2019 | Play It Again Sam

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