Balthazar preview the release of their album,'Rats', with a London show at the Lexington on 16th January. With their current single, 'The Oldest Of Sisters' proving a favourite at Xfm, the band also release a second single from the album in February in the shape of 'Do Not Claim Them Anymore' and embark on a series of UK and European dates in the company of Local Natives. The band also make stops at Eurosonic and MIDEM through January and perform at a [PIAS] Nites gig on February the 16th in Brussels alongside fellow Play It Again Sam artists Lord Huron and Champs.
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.
With a fine reputation for live shows on the continent and an already sold out Water Rats show under their belt in 2012, this first show of 2013 for Balthazar is a perfect way to welcome the new musical year. Tickets for the date are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/198274.
The album, 'Rats' is released via PIAS on 24th February.
The single, 'Do Not Claim Them Anymore' is available from 25th February.
UK AND EUROPEAN DATES 2013
Thursday 10th Gronigen, EUROSONIC
Wednesday 16th London, The Lexington
Monday 28th Cannes, MIDEM
Sat Feb 16 / Brussels, Belgium / Tour & Taxis - [PIAS] Nites show
WITH LOCAL NATIVES
Friday 8th Leeds,Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 9th Edinburgh, Electric Circus
Monday 11th Dublin, Whelan's
Tuesday 12th Liverpool, Kazimier
Wednesday 13th Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 14th London, Scala
Tuesday 19th Copenhagen, Vega
Wednesday 20th Gothenburg, Pustervik
Thursday 21st Oslo, John Dee
Saturday 23rd Stockholm, Debaser Medis