415

The Necks: Silverwater

Andrey Henkin By

Sign in to view read count
The Necks: Silverwater A recent conversation brought up the question why anyone would buy a CD by the Australian trio The Necks. The interlocutor wasn't questioning the quality of the band, merely wondering about listening to them any way other than live. The reason is the same why people read Tennessee Williams plays—appreciating genius outside of the visceral experience.

Since their inception, The Necks—pianist Chris Abrahams, bassist Lloyd Swanton and drummer Tony Buck—have hewn remarkably close to their original concept, a sort of minimalist swell that develops at the same pace as a stalactite and stalagmite might meet in some subterranean cave. But decades of playing together have given the threesome the ability to adapt their approach to their surroundings. One would hope that all improvisation is site-specific but The Necks make a listener hypersensitive to venue. Last year, at a concert at New York's Le Poisson Rouge, the music shimmered along with the multi-colored lightshow while last month at Brooklyn's Issue Project Room, Swanton's deliberate four-note opening simulated the sparse architecture of the room. The music of the ensuing hour-long first set crawled along the exposed beams and columns, filling the high-ceilinged room like a gaseous cloud.

Silverwater is the group's 15th album since 1989 and one recorded in the studio. Abrahams adds organ and electric keyboards, Swanton switches between upright and electric basses and Buck contributes guitar washes. Thus the single, 67-minute piece is a different beast than the band's work in a live setting. The music still moves microscopically but the effect is less of a single pulsing entity growing before one's eyes than a seamless suite, connected by changes in tempo and density rather than melodic content. The Necks could do this live, just as they have released albums of themselves purely acoustic. The point is the opportunity to revisit their methodology, something even the most attentive listener may be hard-pressed to do in person.


Track Listing: Silverwater.

Personnel: Chris Abrahams: piano; Lloyd Swanton: bass; Tony Buck: drums.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: ReR Megacorp | Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde


Shop

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Nearness" CD/LP/Track Review Nearness
by Doug Collette
Published: October 7, 2016
Read "The Frog, The Fish and The Whale" CD/LP/Track Review The Frog, The Fish and The Whale
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 24, 2016
Read "Burnt Hibiscus" CD/LP/Track Review Burnt Hibiscus
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 27, 2017
Read "Reflection" CD/LP/Track Review Reflection
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: January 14, 2017
Read "Stephan Crump's Rhombal" CD/LP/Track Review Stephan Crump's Rhombal
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 20, 2016
Read "Warsaw Concert" CD/LP/Track Review Warsaw Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: December 4, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!