One of the greatest bands in the world
NEW YORK TIMES
One of the most extraordinary groups on the planet...not so much a trio as a revolutionary consortium redefining music...
Click here to read Richard Williams' recent article on The Necks in The Guardian
The Necks conjure music that defies description in orthodox terms. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is regularly described by press internationally as, simply, unique.
Together for over 20 years, the Australian trio have honed an assured process of building around repeated motifs through subtle shifts and layering, to produce an extraordinarily dense and hypnotic effect frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove. As their dedicated followers (including thousands of bloggers) know, their performances are entirely improvised consisting of two pieces evolving over around 50 minutes each and are an experience that has to be heard to be believed.
In his book The Blue Moment Richard Williams reviews the making of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and the development of music from that seminal point. He dedicates a number of pages to The Necks, saying:
…the new music I would find it hardest to do without, fifty years after ‘Kind of Blue’, is that produced by the Necks… the Necks exploit the spaces that were opened up for them all those years ago, spaces in harmony, rhythm and melody, but also spaces in the mind
2009 proved an outstanding year for The Necks, with an invitation from Nick Cave to appear at All Tomorrows Parties, appearing on-stage with Brian Eno for sold-out PURE SCENIUS, a 3-concert improvised collaboration at Sydney Opera House, and touring with Back to Back theatre group.
In 2010 they tour the US, UK and Europe, and have released their 15th CD, the studio album Silverwater.
Silverwater is gathering widespread critical praise:
**** they arrived fully formed, in a treeless plain where Kind of Blue’s narcoleptic haze meets Steve Reich’s pin-sharp minimalism, where time expands to fill the available space… deliriously, deliciously, Silverwater will drown you.
***** austerely elegant
The Necks among the world’s most consistently great exponents of improvised music
BBC Music online
…a band so singular in its purpose yet so universal its appeal
The jazz breakfast
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