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Tauber I love this album. The dense, intense, fractal-like first track gives way to an incredibly moody and spacious second track which (for me) conjures up some of the weirdest vibes that I love from Bitches Brew… just a great and wide-ranging album, unlike anything else really.
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Carl Reader The perfect spine unwinder Favorite track: Further.
Jascha Narveson
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Jascha Narveson A highpoint in the recent Necks catalogue, I'd say, fusing the more textural approach of their later stuff with some of the groove-based energy of their earlier stuff, especially the last track "Further" which is a swaggering bluesy ramble.

Tony Buck's drumming sounds like a wilderness field recording with its layers of sounds built up into large, breathing environments.

The middle track "Lovelock" is a moody, mysterious nocturnal dreamscape. Favorite track: Lovelock.
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Bloom 21:18
Lovelock 22:46
Further 21:00


Three, the 21st album from legendary Australian instrumental trio The Necks, is a winding, textural, and visceral musical exploration through three individual, contrasting tracks that each delve into separate tenets of their sound. Three’s variety of tones and structures offer a glimpse into the boundless, immersive sonic universe The Necks have been constructing, through recorded and live performance, for over 30 years: three musicians, three variable songs, highlighting three decades of groundbreaking experimental excellence.

From its very first moments, “Bloom” rattles and propels listeners through a dense, mesmerizing soundscape of unceasing intensity. Directly juxtaposing the consuming rattle of the opener, “Lovelock,” dedicated to the memory of Damien Lovelock, former frontman of The Celibate Rifles, is a weightless and atmospheric threnody that ruminates in the quiet and overwhelming moments of grief. The final setting of Three is one of warmth and familiarity. “Further,” is a confident, seductive groove in a quintuple meter, reminiscent of the groups’ work on records like Sex (1989) and Aquatic (1994).

Contrasting the style of their celebrated improvisational live act, the group’s studio work is meticulously sculpted from beginning to end. On Three, Chris Abrahams (piano), Lloyd Swanton (bass), Tony Buck (drums/percussion), and their long-time backend collaborators Tim Whitten (engineer) and Doung Henderson (master) have again scrupulously built music that focuses on the most intricate edges of staggeringly immense, diverse worlds. From strained to still to smoky, each piece of Three marks itself as distinct and its own, but all feel representative of Australia’s greatest cult band, The Necks.


released March 27, 2020


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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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