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Dakota Suite

Dakota Suite is not so much a band, more the brainchild of Chris Hooson, a social worker from England. He manages to hold down a full-time job while also producing some affecting music.

Their early singles were compiled on an album entitled Alone with Everybody. It’s been said before that his music is very informed by American Music Club and Red House Painters, and that is undeniably true of his ‘singer-songwriter’ material. This compilation is quite varied, with some singer-songwriter type material, slightly countrified rock, and some jazzy / classical instrumentals. A ...read more

Dakota Suite is not so much a band, more the brainchild of Chris Hooson, a social worker from England. He manages to hold down a full-time job while also producing some affecting music.

Their early singles were compiled on an album entitled Alone with Everybody. It’s been said before that his music is very informed by American Music Club and Red House Painters, and that is undeniably true of his ‘singer-songwriter’ material. This compilation is quite varied, with some singer-songwriter type material, slightly countrified rock, and some jazzy / classical instrumentals. All the songs are uniformly slow, some feature deep strums of an acoustic guitar, whilst others are piano-based.

Their first full album proper is entitled Songs for a Barbed Wire Fence. The vocal songs are punctuated with instrumentals, and the album was followed up with Dakota Suite’s first instrumental album, Navigator’s Yard, a series of chamber pieces strongly featuring piano. In other words, classical music.

In 2000, they released Signal Hill, a major step forward. The album is back to mostly vocal songs, with some excellent mood-piece style instrumentals. Close Enough to Tears is a fragile, plaintive ballad, begun on acoustic guitar around Chris gently singing ‘never let me go’. Other highlights include the wonderful pair of songs: Riverside, recorded beside a train station and consisting only of acoustic guitar and Chris repeating the phrase ‘is it true, are you breaking up inside’, he is then joined by some trumpets. It then leads into Raining Somewhere, an instrumental played on electric guitars, somewhat reminescent of Red House Painters’ Katy Song, it creates a lovely autumnal Sunday afternoon mood. « hide

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An Almost Silent Life
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Waiting For The Dawn To Crawl Through
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3.5
2 Votes
Songs for a Barbed Wire Fence
2001

3.5
4 Votes
Signal Hill
2000

2
1 Votes

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