The Necks

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - John Mul­vey

★★★★ Body NORTH­ERN SPY. CD/DL Aus­tralian avant-garde jazz ad­ven­tur­ers rock out with their lat­est ex­per­i­ment.

Twenty-one al­bums, 31 years, and an on­go­ing series of gigs in which noth­ing is ever planned or re­peated; Aus­tralia’s Necks might be a cult trio oper­at­ing some­where between jazz, am­bi­ence and the avant-garde, but for many of their fans they are the best band in the world. Com­pared with the sur­prises of their fully im­pro­vised live shows, Necks al­bums don’t al­ways do the pi­ano/bass/drums combo jus­tice. Body, though, is a keeper; one of their typ­i­cal long­form pieces (57 min­utes!) with more thrust and for­ward mo­men­tum than be­atific ab­strac­tion. Long­time Necks-heads will note affini­ties with Chemist (2006), not least because drum­mer Tony Buck over­dubs his Liebezeit-ish beat ma­noeu­vres with, from 25 min­utes, some sear­ing post-rock gui­tar shred. More Mog­wai than the usual Bill Evans or Mes­si­aen al­lu­sions, per­haps, but this is still a ter­rific en­try point into a band who re­pay ob­ses­sion.

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