Dakota Suite and Quentin Sirjacq – The Indestructibility of the Already Felled – Album Review
by Killian Laher
The latest album from Dakota Suite is something of a mixed blessing. Mixed in that mainman Chris Hooson has announced that this will be the last album they will release. This album is a kind of summation of all the music Dakota Suite have made, and is as good a place as any to start. Much of the music was written with French pianist Quentin Sirjacq. It opens with the piano-based Safe Within Your Arms, a glacially-paced brooding track framed by Hooson’s sad, soft voice.
Large portions of the album are piano-based instrumentals, such as the meandering Kogarishi, These Nights Without You and What You Could Not Know. The foreboding yet serene Silences Are All The Words I Have is excellent, if a little short at two and half minutes. On the other hand Aiseki is the most ‘out-there’ piece, straying into ambient territory with Sirjacq’s clanking percussion.
They also do a decent cover of Kathleen Edwards’ Away, turning it into a brooding piano ballad. Hooson’s guitar doesn’t go unplayed either, on wistful acoustic & piano piece Kintusgi and My Thirst For You Is Where I Hide, the latter featuring interesting sounds on vibraphone. Even the jazz-tinged How Scared I Am To Live features Hooson’s delicate guitar picking.
Exquisite misery as always, and a fine album to round off a quietly impressive catalogue of albums. The best place to get it is here.
Track List –
01 safe within your arms
02 kogarashi (木枯らし)
03 silences are all the words I have
05 kintsugi (金継ぎ)
06 my thirst for you is where I hide
07 these nights without you
08 aiseki (哀惜)
09 how scared I am to live
10 what you could not know
11 kyōshū (郷愁)
Safe Within Your Arms