Philly noise / experimental trio Many Arms played a set at New York City’s The Stone a few weeks ago, conveniently recording their mind-boggling excursions into free-form jazz for further exploration. This is convenient because Many Arms’ recordings warrant and require multiple experiences; as Beats Per Minute points out, the structures, themes and essence of the trio’s music don’t lend themselves to instantaneous attachment.
But it’s worth the effort. When guitarist Nick Millevoi goes at it solo, as he will next Thursday at The Khyber, his twelve string guitar pieces land in a place equally as foreign but perhaps a bit more accessible with ebbs and flows into chaotic feedback and restrained melodies. More information for the 21+ show with Spelling Bee, Heavy Medical and Drums Like Machine Guns can be found here. Below, stream Many Arms’ “Surface of Last Scattering” and watch a video of Nick Millevoi performing at the First Unitarian Church from 2011.