Circling back to his solo work after releasing recordings with satellite projects Many Arms and the Ricart / Millevoi Quartet, local guitarist Nick Millevoi will release Numbers on the Side this month at the Pageant: Soloveev Gallery.
Spanning three tracks of dramatically different lengths and textures (the first stretches its legs to 21:30), Numbers on the Side is equal parts instrumental experimentation and environmental experimentation. Millevoi brought in fellow Philadelphian Eric Carbonara to record the effort at The Rotunda in West Philadelphia, utilizing “the 103-year-old building’s high ceilings and 80-ft dome to help create the sonic space for this intense music.”
As each chord ricochets and delays off of The Rotunda’s walls, Millevoi warps and bends the noises into sounds that barely resemble a guitar. On “‘Where is the Crime?'” he creates what seems like a live-action car chase, complete with revving engines and sharp turns before it flatlines and the chase comes to an end.
It’s hard to imagine that all of the screeches, fuzz and layers come from one guy, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Millevoi it’s that he is always one step ahead in the world avant-garde guitar experimentation. Stream Numbers on the Side below and get more information about the release show on April 26th here.