On the eve of their forthcoming album ‘Thin Walls’, due for release on 30th March through Play It Again Sam, Balthazar announce news of a brand new single ‘Bunker’.
Full of nocturnal grooves and mesmeric melodies, encompassing anxiety and hope and love and fear, ‘Thin Walls’ is the band’s most instinctive record yet. Having self-produced earlier efforts, ‘Thin Walls’ saw Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode, Elbow) take control, who has coaxed the best out of the song writing / vocal mainstay of Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Deprez.
Drifting into earshot on a backdrop of violin, the track evolves via a soulful albeit solemn tale of a girl who has moved away and the inevitable yearning and despair – a stylish vignette enveloped by a band that exudes beauty and an elegance, a mere glimpse into the world of Balthazar
Directed by Tom Williams with art direction from Athos Burez, the accompanying video came together from initial ideas as Burez himself, says – “The song and the rhythm of the song fit this concept quit well. Inspiration came from deserted rock landscapes because this goes very well with the melancholic vibe of the song. Allso inspired by Jeroen Bosch for the landscapes, the extras are blended in in the rocks, semi-rock, semi-human – They are swallowed by the decor, this symbolizes the desolate part of the decor, but there is hope. New life is slowly growing (close to the water). The birds are a sign of new life. So in a way a message of hope.”