Baltus is short for Balthazar, but rather than the name having some sort of historical significance or a tribute to a friend or lover the album takes its name from a rather unusual source, but one which makes sense in context. "Baltus is the name of the record because when I was growing up we had this big crow in our garden. It was in a tree there for about 12 years, and we called that crow Balthus," explains Gundelach. "I have a crow tattooed on my forearm. They're a symbol for death and darkness in olden times and maybe more recently they're a symbol for melancholy and loss. I thought it would be nice to have an abstract name for the record. It feels like a ‘crow' record to me. It's a bit lonely and sad, you know?" Baltus may feel like a sad record, but it's more often than not cloaked in beauty. On "Duck Hunting" the search for companionship is soundtracked by warm washes of synths, the gentle tick of a drum machine and the echoing twang of ‘80s soul-pop guitar. Add Gundelach's angelic croon and you have the basis for something special, and quite affecting.