Stream the Necks’ ‘Open’: One 68-Minute Track of Transcendent Ambient Jazz
Australian free-float trio entrance and excite on their 17th album
Australian slowpoke-jazz cult heroes the Necks have been creating mesmerizing, slowly unraveling improv for 25 years, but have enjoyed a recent revival thanks to some rare Stateside gigs, a Nick Cave co-sign, and a living legacy in bands like Bohren and der Club of Gore and Dale Cooper Quartet. Their 17th record, Open, their first in a partnership with NYC label Northern Spy, is a beaming, wall-to-wall gorgeous 68-minute journey of haunting mosquito buzzes, cymbal washes, nail-biting drum rolls, jingling chimes, and pianos that resonate and chime. With the speed of sunlight moving across a field, it’s jazz for Eno heads, ambient for improv fans, and a mollasses-slow chillout that works like sludge metal (only friendlier). Get lost in the whole thing below, and pick it up on Northern Spy on October 29.
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