Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thee, Stranded Horse: Churning Strides (4/5)

Year: 2007
Label: Talitres
Genre: Atmospheric Folk
TRT: 42:22

Yann Tambour is a French folk musician. What sets him apart from the crowd is the instrument he plays, the kora, a 21-stringed instrument originating in West-Africa. And while some make the accusation that Tambour lifts his vocal stylings directly from the likes of Devendra Banhart, I strongly disagree. While it's true that the Banhart comparison leaped immediately to mind upon my first listen, never did I think "plagarism". Tambour has the same frail, fragile tone, but stops short of the "whimsical" quaver associated with Banhart. Thee, Stranded Horse seems, to me atleast, to be far more introspective and contemplative about things that actually matter in life, approching asceticism rather than riotous abandon.

01 So Goes the Pulse
02 Misty Mist (Tyrannosaurus Rex)
03 Le Sel
04 Swaying Eel
05 Churning Strides
06 Tainted Days
07 Sharpened Suede
08 Fiend Over Your Knees

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