Kid Dakota will release their new album, Listen to the Crows as They Take Flight, on October 11th...
Like the Black Hills of songwriter Darren Jackson’s native South Dakota, Kid Dakota is a creature of extremes: Whisper-quiet vocals explode into searing guitar riffs and crushing drumbeats in a single breath. Loneliness and beauty go hand in hand. And a two-man band from Minneapolis makes a sound big enough to fill a stadium.
Jackson and his band of chorts offer up a moody fusion of rock, folk and country on the order of Okkervil and Sparklehorse.
Dark, dusty and desolate, the band’s 2001 debut "So Pretty" was a haunting collection of sketches that put a slightly sinister twist on the classic breakup album. Jackson showed his teeth—and his scars—on these brutally honest, heart-achingly brilliant tales of lost love and wasted years.
With 2004’s The West is the Fut "The West is the Future", the band shifted its focus from personal torment to universal struggle. Recorded live as a four-piece with layer upon layer of intricate overdubs, this cinematic rock symphony artfully exposed the seedy underbelly of westward expansion at the turn of the century.
With his 2008 release, A Winner’s Shadow, Jackson leaves behind that dusty, windswept panorama and trade it for an urban landscape that crackles and pulses with electric life. Against this backdrop, we experience the awe and terror of the songs' narrators as they navigate loneliness, loss and love.
His new album, "'Listen to the Crows as They Take Flight" will be released by Graveface in the Fall of 2011.