Balthazar: Breaking the Trend

Goodbye sadness, hello sensuality – it’s a brand-new Balthazar!

By Charlotte Saintoin | Video of the Day | February 7, 2019

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.


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