Boomkat Product Review:
Dakota Suite is a project initiated by Liverpudlian pianist and composer Chris Hooson, who teams up with fellow ivory-tickllers David Buxton and Colin Dunkley for this strange and very maudlin album. The three bandmates extend their line-up to a quartet for this album, tacking on reputed American cellist David Darling, who adorns the melancholy central core of this record with incredibly sensitive, articulate strands of cello. The titles themselves are enough to drive you to the brink of despair: 'A Quietly Gathering Tragedy', 'Things We Lost Along The Way' and 'All The Love I Had Was Not Enough' give pointers towards the gloomy mindset of Dakota Suite's contributors, but regardless of its temperament, music this beautiful inevitably has an uplifting quality, transcending the minor key gloom with a seemingly endless supply of artful, loosely knit song structures. Providing a slightly surreal conclusion to proceedings, there's a cover of Fritz Spiegel's theme tune to the TV series 'Z-Cars' (since adopted by Hoosen's beloved Everton FC), showing a glimmer of humour from beneath all that woe. Recommended.