Three guys (piano, bass & drums), one track (56 minutes) and an inexplicable title (Sex). Imagine a light, hypnotic jazz combo performing what sounds like the intro to The Doors’ “Riders On The Storm.” Except that it goes on for nearly an hour and evolves so slowly you might mistake it for a loop at first. That’s the concept behind Sex, the debut CD from The Necks, originally released in Australia and partially financed by the Australian Arts Council. At 56 minutes it should be monotonous, but somehow it’s not. In fact, The Necks have made a career on the concept, releasing over a dozen similarly themed constructs since this debut. It’s actually quite mesmerizing, and a perfect late night mood piece (oh yeah, there’s a horn or something in there, too). Six years later, Private Records would re-release this CD in the US and The Necks would start to make a quiet name for themselves in minimalist circles. You can hear the entire track below, so pop it in the corner somewhere and open another window while you surf elsewhere, and we’ll check back in on you in an hour. Since we first posted Sex in 2007, we’ve added more Necks to our inventory, including Silent Night (1996), Chemist (2006) & Silverwater (2009) (all HERE), and two 50-minute sets recorded Live @ Issue Project Room, 2010 (HERE). In recent years, Sex has gotten expensive at Amazon, HERE.
Drive By (2003)
Many thanks to alanproj for offering up The Necks’ 2003 CD, Drive By. Another 60 minute hypno track that the All Music Guide calls “a remarkable, resoundingly brilliant album” in their 4-1/2 star review.
Drive By (60:17)