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Necks, The – “Townsville ” – [Rer Megacorp]

In a world of audio action-painting, it is nice to have the
Necks around creating these detailed landscapes. Like their
essential “Hanging Garden” release, and indeed much of their
work, this CD is one long, uninterrupted and unhurried piece.
As with other such performances by the Necks, this piece has
a holographic aspect, you take any slice and you can still
reconstitute the whole of it, but it never feels repetitive
to me. “Townsville” was recorded live in Thuringowa in the
Necks’ native Australia. It appears there might be some
discordant 1918 history to connect those two sites, meanwhile
the sounds are as harmonically meditative as always. Chris
Abrahams’ piano has rollicking element to it, very sea-going
and as the piece progresses it seems maybe he samples himself
or adds some sort of prepared nature ala the old Thymme Jones
track “Taken.” While on other Necks releases, Abrahams will
include synthesizers and organs, here he confines himself to
the acoustic piano. Lloyd Swanton’s bass work is subtle from
the isolated basic bolero beginning through its glide to bowed
“sea-sawing” around 17 minutes in. Tony Buck, superb drummer,
is relegated mostly to cymbal waves crashing on rocks, and
less of his banks of clanking…he’s going with the piano-
flourished flow. Which in this case is tidal, deceptively
simple and strong. Enjoy…but again do not miss their
“Hanging Garden” release.

-Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 20, 2008 at 7:53 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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