Am I trying to beat Abahachi’s system for the Spill Awards AotY selection criteria? Oh HELL YEAH!
I don’t think I need to say again just how much I obsessively lap up any music Chris Hooson puts his name to. Yet his MO doesn’t really fit with my heavy rocker sensibilities. How does that work then?
Well in general terms, I admit that, even after fifteen years of listening, I dunno! But now – finally – there’s an album that makes more sense for me to love.
This year’s collaboration with new-to-me-but-absolutely-fascinating “electronica/black-metal/post-rock/drone/classical”, “brutal orchestra” (their own descriptions) Vampillia has to be heard to be believed. Quoting from the KaraokeKalk [record label] website:
The origin of this collaboration began two months prior to the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Dakota Suite had been touring Japan with their friends from the Japanese band called ‘Vampillia’ and had been in several coastal locations in Wakayama as well as places near to Fukushima. The tsunami was very upsetting for Chris Hooson and David Buxton from Dakota Suite who then set about making music to reflect this overwhelming sadness and loss for Japan.
The Prof has stated that any album that only gets one nomination for Album Of The Year ISN’T going to make it onto his Vote poll, regardless of how passionate that one recommendation is argued. OK, let’s try to get around that: here is a link to the SoundCloud stream of the whole LP –
All I want is for someone else to Mention it in Dispatches (i.e. list it in their email to Abahachi for the 2016 Spill Awards) so that it at least makes it onto the Vote Poll.
The Prof himself may like the first half of TSINF Pt1; Japanther will definitely be moved by [the latter half of] TSINF Pt2; Toffee & Tatanka (amongst others) have made positive noises about DS before. Anyone who owns any Mogwai, Mono, Kronos Quartet or possibly even Sunn O)))) albums should find something to enjoy here.
Come on folks, what have you got to lose?