Dakota Suite

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Formed in 1996 after chris decides a poem he has written ‘would make a decent song’, the cassette of which finds its way to a record shop in leeds. Dakota Suite make three ep’s with the amazing richard formby for amos recordings, a local label in leeds set up just to release their music by now long time friend and occasional drummer elliot reuben.

Despite no real management or booking agent the band manages to start getting worldwide press and some shows.

From the outset the music is multi-layered, chris from a young age has been inspired by a diet of kiss, bill evans, lee morgan, david darling and arvo part. from the initial ep on the template is set, inspired graphically by the german label ECM, the artwork is stark and always completed by photography by chris’s wife, johanna, who also plays occasional clarinet. the music is hard to categorise and hard to market, but the band signs to the mighty glitterhouse label and starts to make music without instructions. the debut record is followed by dakota suite’s first full instrumental work, ‘navigators yard’ which celebrated the deaths of several people close to chris and his own struggle with feelings of loss.

Thus the pattern is set, dakota suite release records with singing and records with vast cinematic soundscapes, all of which sound like scenes from films. that is no accident, chris says that all the music he writes is a direct response to a specific scene or feeling in his life. chris is often quoted saying ‘I never pick up the guitar to consciously ‘write’ a song, I only ever pick it up because something inside me tells me if I don’t in response to a feeling I have or something I have seen, that I will go mad’. dakota suite is now chris hooson and the genius of david buxton creating music mainly alone in various houses with the help of a growing list of musicians they have come to know over the years.
Dakota suite has now toured extensively in europe, japan and south america despite a press agent or any management. the live shows can be demanding as chris explains that playing the songs live are very painful, re-awakening the emotions that caused the songs to be written, therefore live performances are sporadic and always an ‘event’ for chris.

In 2009 chris realised a lifetime ambition by making a record with his hero, david darling. ‘the end of trying’ was a reflection of a particularly difficult time in chris’s life and the pieces were written with the sole purpose of david accompanying them. the pieces were then remixed by people like machinefabriek, loscil, peter broderick, and emanuel errante. a real stellar list of ambient composers. dakota suite then worked with one of the remixers, emanuele errante on a series of pensive hymns for chris and johanna’s sister-in-law who died of cancer, ‘the north green down’ was a liturgy for her memory and inspired by a last walk with hannah in southwold, suffolk.

A show in bari, italy to promote ‘the end of trying’ rendered those songs live and also provided the occasion for chris to meet quentin sirjacq. the show was released as live document ‘valissa’ and has now led to a new record, ‘the side of her inexhaustible heart’ is a conscious effort to bring all the disparate elements of dakota suite into one place. the record is a string quartet, with cinematic longing and singing too. it brings all things together, like it was in the beginning!

Chris has from an early stage wanted to make music for films, several of the songs have been used over the years but now chris has been asked to write for films specifically and hopes dakota suite will be able to make the jump into full film scoring.


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An Almost Silent Life

Release Date: 11/23/2012 · Format: CD/LP (+CD) · Cat-No: GRCD/LP 742

This record is a collection of songs having come through a quite difficult period of my life, the trilogy of records that came before this one (‘the end of trying’, ‘the north green down’ and ‘the side of her inexhaustible heart’)...
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The Side Of Her Inexhaustible Heart

Release Date: 11/07/2011 · Format: 2-CD / 2-LP (180 Gramm Fold Out Cover) · Cat-No: GRCD/LP 730

“life is only in a personality and every personality is based on dark ground, but this ground must be knowledge” j.w.f shelling all my records are about my life with johanna, my recognition that I am so very lost without her, the...
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w/ David Darling, Quentin Sirjacq - Vallisa buy item herunterladen

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w/ David Darling, Quentin Sirjacq - Vallisa

Release Date: 10/10/2010 · Format: LP / CD · Cat-No: GR 707

On the 20th of November 2009 Johanna and I arrived in Bari. I had agreed to play a one off show with my musical hero from the time I had first really ‘got’ music of real depth. That was when I was about 12 years old. The man, who touched a...
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Waiting For The Dawn To Crawl Through And Take Away Your Life

Release Date: 02/02/2007 · Format: CD+DVD · Cat-No: GR 656


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This River Only Brings Poison

Release Date: 09/23/2002 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 566

Leeds based musician Chris Hooson is a very prolific man. He seems to brim over with ideas for songs and projects. And although he works a full job as a adviser in a probation center he and his band Dakota Suite still find enough time to put all...
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The Way I Am Sick

Release Date: 02/26/2002 · Format: 2-CD · Cat-No: GR 546

The prolific Chris Hooson and his band Dakota Suite returns with another project. While preparations for the recording of the next “real” Dakota Suite album are under way (with American Music Club´s Bruce Kaphan in the producer chair), the...
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Morning Lake Forever

Release Date: 01/26/2001 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 524

“Morning Lake Forever” is a good example for the creativity of Chris Hooson and his band Dakota Suite. Originally planned as a 7” for the Spain-based Houston Party Records, the project quickly grew into a 35-minute/7-track-CD and...
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Signal Hill

Release Date: 04/27/2000 · Format: LP / CD · Cat-No: GR 492

“These songs were composed directly after the first LP. Over time. We recorded and mixed the songs in two days in January 2000. I feel that the songs represent a more holistic sense of what Dakota Suite represents. We tried to present songs...
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Songs For A Barbed Wire Fence

Release Date: 04/05/1999 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 455

Full-length debut record by the Leeds-based band. Chris Hooson, the singer and songwriter, in his own words: "I had spent 6 weeks in 1997 wanting to die. I had been through a lot of trauma with people close to me dying and also my mother had...
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Alone With Everybody

Release Date: 01/11/1999 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 445

Compilation of the three CD-Ep´s of this Leeds based band plus four bonus-tracks: two brandnew songs recorded for this occasion, an alternative version of "Just Like Jesus" and a track off a split-single. A total of 72 minutes of music....
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Navigator´s Yard

Release Date: 10/04/1998 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 451


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