The Necks: Three

Mark Sullivan By

Sign in to view read count
Live performances by Australian free-improvising trio The Necks typically take the form of a single, slowly growing and morphing mass of sound. On recordings the musicians give themselves permission to sculpt the sound, so it is not a real-time document. Nevertheless their two previous albums Vertigo (Northern Spy Records, 2015) and Body (Northern Spy Records, 2018) both presented a single long track apiece, paralleling their live practice. This time the program is broken into three parts, each with its own distinct atmosphere.

The set begins at a gallop with "Bloom." But Chris Abrahams' piano plays melodically in half time: eventually a synthesizer line becomes more prominent, sometimes in time with the rhythm section, sometimes floating above it. Like many of their improvisations it somehow manages to be busy and static at the same time. "Lovelock" begins sparsely, with Tony Buck's cymbal rolls, piano arpeggios and Lloyd Swanton's bass pedal point. It ebbs and flows (with snare rolls building to climaxes that never quite materialize), and organ chords thicken the texture.

In traditional terms, it is the ballad of the set. "Further" introduces a moderato modal feel, with a calm bass ostinato and melodic piano. The background texture includes organ and guitar. So it is the densest and most varied selection timbrally. A conventional album structure would have swapped "Further" and "Bloom:" moderato, slow, fast. But The Necks are rarely conventional, and Three makes its point in the band's own inimitable way.

Track Listing

Bloom; Lovelock; Further.


The Necks: band/orchestra; Chris Abrahams: piano; Tony Buck: percussion; Lloyd Swanton: bass, acoustic.

Album information

Title: Three | Year Released: 2020 | Record Label: Northern Spy Records



Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and through our retail affiliations you'll support us in the process.


Rare vinyl LPs and CDs from over 1,000 independent sellers


CDs, Vinyl, Blu-Ray DVDS, Prime membership, Alexa, SONOS and more


Specializing in high resolution and CD-quality downloads


Specializing in music, movies and video games


Marketplace for new, used, and vintage instruments and gear


Read Angels Around
Angels Around
Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio
Read The Coandă Effect
The Coandă Effect
Tim Berne and Nasheet Waits