This will haunt you. It’s an album of Dakota Suite and pianist Quentin Sirjacq reworking some of the nicest bits of the Dakota Suite's bleak but beautiful back catalogue. A simple and pure set of piano and vocal arrangements composed on the twosomes Japan tour of 2015. Unfold your hanky's and get ready to weep.
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Simple yet tender and beautiful couplings of hushed voice and delicate piano -- that’d be this record documenting Dakota Suite and Quentin Sirjacq’s tour of Japan in 2015. ‘Wintersong’ began in March of that year as a soft dusting of snow began to top the trees and buildings of Fukuoka. The thought of which refreshes me on stuffy days like this. The guys here have ‘reworked the nicest bits of Dakota Suite’s songs… hankies at the ready..’ wait.. Clint’s given me another Sad Record to review, ffs. But I’m winning because my eyes are dry -- and most importantly, so’s my keyboard.
The soft and soothing voice of Chris Hooson has harnessed all the sensitivity of the original compositions and then upped the emotional quotient some. I’m sitting in the review chair shivering at every waft of stale Holbeck air, for all the world as if I were within spitting distance of the Mount Fuji foothills. It’s draughty here sometimes, sure, but title track ‘Wintersong’ is bringing the chill to life. Elsewhere, on many tracks but notably on the.. ok, yes, ‘weepy’ ballad ‘How Safe We Must Seem’, Hooson’s whispery, slightly trembling vocal may well affect you. This record may even move you to shed a tear, but I’m not making any promises as I’m pretty sure I’m not insured. Let’s just see how the rest of the month pans out, shall we?
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