Silent Night //
- 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.