D/B Recommended: Dakota Suite @ Crystal Berlin | Tuesday, 29.01.2013

With two phenomenal albums on Berlin label Karaoke Kalk and collaborations with the likes of Peter Broderick, Emanuele Errante and David Darling, Dakota Suite return to a Berlin stage this January.

Their last album, An Almost Silent Life came out last year on Glitterhouse and as ever sees them walk a fine line between post-jazz, modern classical and ambient songs.

Liverpool is the home town of Chris Hooson, Singer/Songwriter for Dakota Suite. The band is an extremely personal guitar project that deals with tragedies in Chris’s life and the constant up and down in the success of his favourite team FC Everton. One things for certain, we’re not talking about happy music here. The track titles on the album “Alone With Everybody” (1996), “The Way I‘m Sick” (2002) or “Waiting For The Dawn To Crawl Through And Take Away Your Life” (2007) already point out some of this sensitive man’s feelings.

Dakota Suite | Congruences

Together Dakota Suite and the guest cellist Darling form a striking ensemble which by no means only have depressing moments – their music is very soothing too. The recordings were made in various houses in Leeds and at Darling’s home in Goshen Connecticut. Chris realized a life long dream recording the album with his all time favorite cellist. He doesn’t usually find life so great.

Dakota Suite & Emanuel Errante | The North Green Down VI

He only gets the strength to survive from collaborations like this, a healthy portion of cynicism which he otherwise channels into his lyrics and above all, through his peaceful and sentimental sound experiences. Despite wild mood swings Dakota Suite are touring through Europe at the end of october to present their wordless, but none the less meaningful “The End Of Trying”, to live audiences.

Dakota Suite  LIVE

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | 20:00 CET
Crystal | Columbiadamm 9-11 | 10965 Berlin/Kreuzberg