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Sand Castle Tapes

    After spending a few nights in a beautiful old castle near Brussels at the start of 2021 (following lockdown), Belgian art-poppers Balthazar returned from their stay with Sand Castle Tapes, a documentary and live concert filmed by Heleen Declercq and co-produced with HolyShit sessions. They released Sand Castle Tapes as a digital EP on 24th September 2021, featuring 10 songs from the film; 8 songs reworked from the album and two jams. On 29th April 2022, Balthazar are releasing Sand Castle Tapes for the first time in physical format as a single LP.

    The band say of the stay: “You only get to fully understand an album when you start playing it together, the relaxed circumstances lead to a whole other way of interpreting the songs than we would have for a live show. It’s refreshing, it’s very human.” 


    1. On A Roll (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
    2. Powerless (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
    3. Jam 1 (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
    4. Moment (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
    5. You Won’t Come Around (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
    6. Linger On (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
    7. Jam 2 (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
    8. Losers (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
    9. Halfway (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
    10. I Want You (Sand Castle Tapes Version)



      Belgium’s sophisticated yet sometimes worldweary indie superstars return with their fifth album and follow up to 2019’s ‘Fever’.

      Further pushing on from ‘Fever’’s shift into more soulful waters, ‘Sand’ presents a more cohesive body of work that flirts with a soulful indie vibe and an at times almost slow disco undercurrent, the two singles ‘Losers’ and ‘On A Roll’ perfectly capturing the mood.

      Back when you could go to gigs the band were at the point where they were selling out the Scala in London and commanding decent size crowds regionally (especially Brighton, Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow).


      On A Roll
      I Want You
      You Won’t Come Around
      Linger On
      Passing Through
      Leaving Antwerp



        Fourth album from the acclaimed Belgian quintet.

        ‘Fever’ follows the band’s self-imposed hiatus, a break that saw frontmen and writing partners Jinte Deprez and Maarten Devoldere pursuing different individual interests from both a personal and creative perspective that has ultimately led the band to fashion their most cohesive album to date.

        On reconvening the band had no plans, just a simple desire to better their previous works and to further the band’s story. Both primary songwriters agreed on a less serious vision leaning towards a looser, refreshed sound - less melancholic but retaining their unerring ability to create a hookladen armoury.


        Wrong Faces
        Whatchu Doin’
        Phone Number
        I’m Never Gonna Let You
        Down Again
        Wrong Vibration
        Roller Coaster
        You’re So Real

        Balthazar are the brainchild of songwriters Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Deprez. Meeting as teenage buskers, the two embarked on a whirlwind writing partnership that led to the quick formation of the band and initial acclaim in mainland Europe. Resisting the temptation to cash in on that wave of interest, Balthazar took the best part of five years to record their debut album, experimenting with different genres and approaches until they were sure that they had the sound they were looking for.

        With ‘Rats’, that sound has been honed to a focus on melody and subtlety, avoiding the current fashion for bombast to create songs that burst forth in horns or sweep by on strings, underpinned with delicate rhythms that draw on both the pair’s love of the work of Serge Gainsbourg and Leonard Cohen and the hip hop production of the likes of Dangermouse.


        Oldest Of Sisters
        Sinking Ship
        Joker's Son
        The Man Who Owns The
        Lion’s Mouth (Daniel)
        Do Not Claim Them
        Listen Up
        Any Suggestion

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