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the necks


rer megacorp


Released: 14th Oct 2013


on their 17th album the band returns to the territory for which they are best known - a single, glacially mutating, harmonically rich, jazzier long-form piece that runs for a little over an hour.

feeding into the ground plan are floating arco-harmonics, minimalist funk, iterative piano figures, subliminal & liminal pulses, twittering electronics & at one point a string bass choir. it is unequivocally a studio work, with layer laid on layer, while still, miraculously, remaining architecturally spare. "a reminder of the necks' strengths, all of which are on display at different points throughout 'open': their astute handling of pacing & momentum, finely honed collective sense of timing, & their shared ability to balance at length a group equilibrium, be it delicate or clamorous in register" - wire.