All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

5

The Necks: Body

Mike Jurkovic By

Sign in to view read count
Australia's greatest cult band, The Necks, has twenty albums to its creative and collective credit, amongst them Aether (Fish of Milk, 2001), Open (Fish of Milk, 2013) and Hanging Garden (Fish of Milk, 1999). Pianist/keyboardist Chris Abrahams, bassist Lloyd Swanton and drummer, percussionist and guitarist Tony Buck create an ever-expanding rhythmic organism that constantly feeds off of itself with Body.

The episodic, hypnotic, trance-like, 56 minute-plus title track never lags, its vortex of many-layered dynamisms bursting or blooming as the trio sees fit. Opening with a protracted meditation, wherein Abrahams conjures both calm and quiet as the rhythm section carries time on their subtle shoulders, the work moves along until about sixteen minutes in, when we enter a sort of electric woodlands, where Buck's cymbals and heartbeat thump-thump our only human connection until that too drifts from the mix.

Swanton's arching bow enters, if not menacingly then at least suspiciously, and we're adrift until it all cracks wide open again, the trio tearing away like a rock band loosed. Buck's guitar in scream mode. Abrahams banging away. Then a clatter of percussion and synth fuzz. As the minimalism evolves, so does the music's constant, organic wanderlust—meter, majors, and minors be damned. Like the aforementioned discs and 2017's feverish vinyl release Unfold (Ideologic Organ, 2017), The Necks is its own entity and no one else comes close.

Track Listing: Body.

Personnel: Chris Abrahams: piano, keyboards; Tony Buck: drums, percussion, guitar; Lloyd Swanton: acoustic bass.

Title: Body | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Northern Spy Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Radio
CD/LP/Track Review
  • Body by Mark Sullivan
  • Body by Mike Jurkovic
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
Read more articles
Body

Body

Northern Spy Records
2018

buy
Unfold

Unfold

Ideologic Organ
2017

buy
Vertigo

Vertigo

Northern Spy Records
2016

buy
Vertigo

Vertigo

Northern Spy Records
2015

buy
The Necks: Open

The Necks: Open

ReR Megacorp
2014

buy
Open

Open

Northern Spy Records
2013

buy

Related Articles

Read Lab 2018, The Rhythm of the Road CD/LP/Track Review
Lab 2018, The Rhythm of the Road
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 25, 2018
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review
Live
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 25, 2018
Read 8 Songs CD/LP/Track Review
8 Songs
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 25, 2018
Read Facing Dragons CD/LP/Track Review
Facing Dragons
by Chris Mosey
Published: September 25, 2018
Read Brothers CD/LP/Track Review
Brothers
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 24, 2018
Read The Fearless Flyers CD/LP/Track Review
The Fearless Flyers
by John Bricker
Published: September 24, 2018
Read "James Weldon Johnson: God's Trombones" CD/LP/Track Review James Weldon Johnson: God's Trombones
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: June 1, 2018
Read "Three Pictures" CD/LP/Track Review Three Pictures
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 23, 2018
Read "Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest" CD/LP/Track Review Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 25, 2018
Read "Seems Like a Lifetime Ago 1977 - 1980" CD/LP/Track Review Seems Like a Lifetime Ago 1977 - 1980
by John Kelman
Published: November 5, 2017
Read "Bright Force" CD/LP/Track Review Bright Force
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 19, 2018
Read "In Stride" CD/LP/Track Review In Stride
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 25, 2018