This track in particular might be my favourite by the Necks, it's amazing how much tension and feeling it builds up without any obvious changes moment-by-moment. The rest of the album is great too, you really get every aspect of the band in one place.
Favorite track: Blue Mountain.
The music of The Necks exposes the inadequacy of language to describe it...all I can really do is listen, re-listen and absorb it to the best of my limited ability and try to do justice to the act of listening. The music and listening to it are an act of "unfolding" I think; taking something small and opening it out to reveal the larger canvas. I like this analogy and the way it introduces rigour, discipline and order into the act of listening.
Ideologic Organ is proud to present the brand-new recordings from The Necks, the legendary Australian trio who excel in bypassing musical cliche whilst exploring and extending the practices embedded within improvisation, jazz, post rock, ambient, minimal, and textural, ‘sound based’ music.
The latest document from this long-running ensemble, Unfold, presents itself as a double LP, with four side-length tracks. A deliberate absence of numbered sides hands a substantial swatch of participation over to the listener, allowing her to navigate his own path through the soundscape at hand. The shorter length of the vinyl format, far from being a constraint upon the members of the ensemble, instead offers them a more compact horizon to contemplate, wherein the distance travelled is recalibrated to more immediate and dynamic textural concerns.
The immediacy of Rise confirms this new path, as the mournful tones of Lloyd Swanton’s bass swirl around Chris Abrahams’ crystalline piano motif, with Tony Buck’s percussion steering proceedings into enlightening free-jazz territories. Blue Mountain cuts a swathe through the sonic undergrowth, with soul organ, rattling percussion, whistles, and loping sound-waves all vying for the foreground. Overheard retains a sublime melancholic aura as the percussion and keyboards simultaneously embrace and fall apart, whilst Timepiece skips along as a gentle gesture of further possibilities.
Exactly how The Necks conjure their particular magic - as deceptively simple as it seems - whilst always moving forward, is anyone’s guess, but Unfold proves yet again that rules and schools are to be broken and re-formed into patterns and frameworks unlike those we know.
released February 10, 2017
Produced by The Necks.
Recorded and mixed by Tim Whitten at Studios 301, Alexandria, Australia.
Mastered & Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin 0816.
There are so many things I could say about why this album is absolutely perfect. But to keep it short, single-handedly the most depressing album I've listened to, but also the most fantastic album I've listened to. Would highly recommend to anyone willing to give it a listen. mcdoob