By any standards, three albums in one year is quite a feat. Even more so for Dakota Suite, who juggle day-jobs with the joys of music making. Their latest, a collaboration with French pianist Quentin Sirjacq, is a double album of mostly classical pieces, many split into several movements.
The album also sees the return of Chris Hooson’s guitar playing and also, for the first time in four years, his singing voice on many of the tracks (Where The Tears Go, You Will Take All That I Love). Chris Hooson’s singing is heartfelt, though it may be a little much for those of a less sensitive nature, and as the titles suggest it’s a downbeat affair, though beautifully crafted.
Quentin Sirjacq’s piano playing provides a counterpoint to this. Its presence in the mix with Hooson’s guitar, cello and violins gives a lightness of touch which resonates well after the pieces have finished. Becoming Less and Less is a lengthy 12 minute organ piece, while later Yes We Will Suffer (Part IV) echoes Red House Painters’ Drop. The album also features a gorgeous piano reinvention of How Safe We Must Seem.
This is not music that reaches out and grabs you, or stops you in the street. There is little instant gratification here, it’s a contemplative piece of work with moments of great beauty.
1. As Long As Forever is (Part I)
2. Where the Tears Go
3. The Side of Her Inexhaustible Heart (Part I)
4. The Side of Her Inexhaustible Heart (Part II)
5. The Side of Her Inexhaustible Heart (Part III)
6. You Will Take All That I Love
7. The Side of Her Inexhaustible Heart (Part IV)
8. Becoming Less and Less
1. Yes We Will Suffer (Part I)
2. To Make You Whole Again
3. The Side of Her Inexhaustible Heart (Part V)
4. How Safe We Must Seem
5. Yes We Will Suffer (Part I)
6. Yes We Will Suffer (Part II)
7. Yes We Will Suffer (Part III)
8. Yes We Will Suffer (Part IV)
9. As Long As Forever is (Part II)