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Silent Night

by The Necks

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White 53:49
Black 01:03:27


Silent Night was released in 1996 and was the band's first studio double album.

Black, the first disc, uses a repetiitive, doom-laden riff shared between Swanton's bass, the low end of Abrahams' piano and Buck's pulsing and menacing drumming. Further instrumental additions are gradually introduced alongside ambiguous field recordings and half-heard snippets of dialogue - the latter two elements adding a "concrete" dimensionality that gives rise to a brooding, film noir-like experience for the listener. This is perhaps the starkest recording released by the group.

White is closer to a live performance - recorded, with extra production, in the studio. Here, The Necks' music follows its own path through changing timbral and rhythmic textures - always compelling, always slowly morphing.


released April 3, 1996

Recorded and mixed 3-10 September 1995
Edited at Loopy Green, Alexandria
Mastered at Sony Music, Huntingwood

Written-By – Abrahams*, Swanton*, Buck*

Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass – Lloyd Swanton
Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming – Tony Buck
Piano, Organ, Synth [Programming] – Chris Abrahams

Edited By – Colin Wright
Executive-Producer – Gerry Nixon
Mastered By – Daniel Segal (2)
Producer – The Necks
Recorded By, Mixed By – Guillaume Bourgeois

Artwork [Cover Painting] – Tom Stitt
Graphic Design – Paul McNeil, Ray Maras

Thanks to Anne Zahalka, Gerry Nixon, Robert Scard, Lindsay Barrett


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The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz


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