Written largely during a spell living in Bristol, UK and recorded in the serene coastal environs of Normandy in North-West France, “Humbling Tides” continues along the path embarked upon with “Churning Strides” (released as Thee, Stranded Horse in 2006), effecting subtle but significant changes to a musical formula that finds Tambour melting disparate musical modes and cultures – shades of the mandinka tradition of West Africa, medieval folksong, Fahey-esque fingerpicking, French chanson and more can be discerned – into one bold, fluid and graceful new form.

« He plucks cascades of twinkling notes from a 21-string kora, and his studiously subdued vocals, in French and English, now suggest the timeless tunes of some travelling medieval troubadour, rather than the prenatal blues of West Africa, a move north newly supported by suitably sparse string accompaniment. The Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko throws a fluttering coda over Shields, raising a bar that Tambour almost reaches himself in the extended closer, Halos, all visionary declamations and potent silences » SL, The Sunday Times

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