Silent Night //

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Recorded 3-10 September 1995 at Mirage Studios, NSW. Mastered at Sony Studios Huntingwood, NSW
Recording date: 
Sunday, September 10, 1995
Anne Zahalka, Gerry Nixon, Robert Scard, Lindsay Barrett
Artwork : 
Tom Stitt (painting)
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Paul McNeil, Ray Maras (design)
Mastering engineer: 
Daniel Segal
Mixing engineer: 
Gillaume Bourgeois
The Necks
Recording engineer: 
Gillaume Bourgeois
  • 1. Black (01:03:27)
  • 2. White (53:49)

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.