Tag Archives: Yann Tambour


Stranded Horse is the work of Yann Tambour, a French songwriter and kora player, whose previous recorded output was under the name of Encre. This previous project was more of a group endeavour with different instruments and heavy use of samples and loops. Stranded Horse, on the other hand, is more intimate and raw but just as smooth and sophisticated.

Stranded Horse - Swaying Eel (Edit)     

Built around repetitive melodies, sometimes adorned by Yann’s soft voice (who said Devendra Banhart?), the songs you’ll find on Stranded Horse’s new LP, Humbling Tides, seamlessly weave together medieval folksong, French chanson, Delta blues and light touches of the mandinka tradition of West Africa. For the first time, Yann’s compositions are enhanced by cello and violin arrangements courtesy of Joseph Roumier and Carla Pallone.

It goes without saying that the central element here is the kora, a 21-string bridge-harp used extensively by people in West Africa (Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso…) and built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator. Yann Tambour is one of the few Western musicians who have been able to master the art of the kora. His playing and compositional style has been influenced by his ongoing work with one of the modern greats of the kora, Mali’s Ballaké Sissoko, whose playing adorns the majestic finale of “Shields”.

Stranded Horse - Shields     

You can now download this track for free on the label’s website. For more info, find Stranded Horse on MySpace. Buy his full album on 7digital.

ENCRE – FLUX (Experimental – France)


Encre is a project spearheaded by French composer / performer Yann Tambour. His entrancing pieces are built around guitar, sampled instruments and loops but feel strangely organic. Mainly instrumental, these tightly knit collages are dark pieces that conjure up melodies by great masters such as Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen or Nick Drake.

Encre - Flux     

Flux is the second album by Encre and it includes eight atypical orchestral compositions that are the result of a careful and meticulous creative process. Immersed in this well orchestrated chaos, you might lose track of time and find yourself transported to lands you had never seen before.

Find out more about Encre on MySpace. Buy on Encre