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J. Bernardt (of Balthazar) Shares New Single “Last Waltz” – New Album “Contigo” Out May 17th via Play It Again Sam

April 29, 2024
Press shot credit: Athos Burez

J. Bernardt
 (of Balthazar) Shares New Single “Last Waltz”

New Album Contigo

Out May 17 via Play It Again Sam

J. Bernardt – aka Jinte Deprez (Balthazar) – is has today shared his new single, “The Last Waltz”. This is the third single to be released from upcoming studio album Contigo, out on May 17 via Play It Again Sam.

Get ready to sway into Spring with Last Waltz; a mezmerizing slice of orchestral pop that will instantly sooth your soul. Deprez’s distinctive baritone vocal soars effortlessly over beautifully layered and transcendent soundscapes, creating something truly captivating as a result. Talking about the release, Deprez elaborates, “Last Waltz is not a waltz to begin with, but the sweeping violins do introduce the contemplations of a croon-esque goodbye, looking back at what once was with an early smile and an acceptance long overdue. It’s a drunk romantic flat-out surrender to the new reality, choosing to remember the beauty of the past. Because ‘lord, we did have a good time”.

Contigo – Spanish for “with you” – is a dramatic, compelling and colorful body of work, infused with drama and brought to life by sumptuous melody, vocals and production flourishes from a master studio auteur as well as musical inventor and singer. Contigo explores all the phases of a break-up: shock, sadness, anger, denial, hurt, acceptance… and nails ‘viciously romantic’ in the process. “I know a break-up record is a cliché,” says Deprez. “But I’m growing to love cliches! I wasn’t afraid to go all the way. Forgetting about the break-up by singing about it is like self-sabotage, but I’m having fun with it too”. 

Swinging into this sultry influence immediately, this track sweeps you upon its soulful journey. With the gliding strings and the bounce from the percussive hits and shuffles, the buoyant bass tone emerges and elevates the low end of this complex composition. As you embrace each crucial element of this creation, the brooding vocal harmonies grip your attention and the lead rhythm explodes throughout the soundscape. There is something so pure and sincere with the friction of the tonality and the vocal notes, the combination evokes this devouring essence. Mesmerizing.

A classically-trained violinist, Deprez has scored all the orchestrations for Contigo. He’s something of a generalist; singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, arranger, producer, engineer, programmer. He started producing with the first Balthazar album in 2008 (he’s co-produced three of their five albums to date), and his debut album (released in 2016) is entirely self-made. Whilst Running Days melange of sound was moulded by electronics, te new album Contigo is old-school band-based – namely a group of Deprez’s “super-talented,” friends that he guided through intense rehearsals and performances, “searching for that spark,” ably assisted by producer and mixer Tobie Speleman. 

Deprez is best known as one half of the singer-songwriter duo of Balthazar, one of Belgium’s most beloved and respected alt.rock bands for over two decades. As a group, they have performed at numerous prestigious events and venues such as All Points East, British Summer Time, Electric Ballroom, Village Underground, Scala, as well as selling over 600,000 albums worldwide. Running Days has been streamed over 40 million times globally, and counting. J. Bernardt’s highly anticipated sophomore album Contigo is due for release on May 17 via Play It Again Sam.

1. Rio

2. Taxi

3. Don’t Get Me Wrong

4. Last Waltz

5. Contigo

6. Matter Of Time

7. Mayday Call

8. Left Bathroom Sink

9. I’m The Ghost You Forgot

10. Our Love Was Easy

11. Free

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