Known for their improvisational work, Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in traditional terms.
Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerising fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again. Their double LP studio album "Unfold" was named by Rolling Stone as "one of the top 20 avant albums of 2017."
Their latest release, 19th studio album "Travel", is out now via Northern Spy.
The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.
“One of the greatest bands in the world!” – The New York Times
“To the often spiky disciplines of minimalism, systems music and free improvisation, this remarkable trio bring a satisfying sense of long-form development… Ascetic in outline, but suffused with a warm humanity, their pieces are studded with minor epiphanies on the way to a larger sense of emotional fulfillment.” – The Guardian
“A magic act masquerading as a piano trio, this Australian group delivers long-form improvisations that shift with such patient beauty that it casts a bit of a trance.” – Los Angeles Times
“Tonal, accessible, and yet profoundly challenging… The Necks are singular… Yielding things no one else does.” – The Wire