Aussie Combo The Necks Get New U.S. Label Deal


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“The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing.” Yep.

 Open, the 17th album from cult artists The Necks, is to be released on the 29th of October in North America as part of a brand new partnership between The Necks and Northern Spy Records. Featuring Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass), the band composes lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerizing fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove. It’s not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz.

  Following on from their two track LP release, Mindset (2011), Open  is a single piece running for over an hour. Already The Wire has said that Open “(displays The Necks’) astute handling of pacing and momentum, finely honed collective sense of timing, (and) their shared ability to balance at length a group equilibrium.” Bassist Swanton elaborates: “Mindset reached some pretty intense levels at times, and though we never overtly discussed it, I think that on Open by contrast, all three of us were taken by the idea of working in an area of great stillness. After a couple of days’ recording, it was clear that the music was leading us in this direction.”

 Open will be the first of The Necks’ albums released in North America on Northern Spy. “They’re a great label; energetic and imaginative, with some really impressive artists” says Abrahams, “so we’re flattered that they sought us out, and delighted to be working together on growing our music across North America, because the response to our tours there thus far has been incredible.”


 Tour Dates:

 October 25 — Zemlika Festival, Durbe, Latvia

29 — Kino Šiška, Ljubjlana, Slovenia

30 — Reitschule, Bern, Switzerland

31 — De Netwerk, Aalst, Belgium

November 1 — Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, UK

2 — Howard Assembly Room, Opera North, Leeds, UK – in the round

3 — Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham, UK – in the round

4 – 6 — Café Oto, London, UK  – 3 day residency

7 — Sound of Stockholm Festival, Kulturhuset,Stockholm, Sweden

8 — Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark

9 — Jazz Jantar Festival, Klub Zak Gdansk, Poland

10 — Teatr Warsawy, Warsaw, Poland

11 — Whelans, Dublin, Ireland

12 — Instants Chavires, Montreuil, France

13 — Théâtre du Saulcy, Metz, France

14 — City Club, Augsburg, Germany

15 — Jazzit, Salzburg, Austria

16 — Akouphène Festival, Cave12, Geneva, Switzerland

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