Thrum, My Device, and The Library Is On Fire
Thrum is among the coolest of musical everythingist Lance Brenner's many thumb-pies, and for a while it was one of the most interesting projects in Charlottesville in terms philosophies and mission statements. Brenner initially set out to make gooey organic ambient music without using crutches like keyboards and samplers loaded with hundreds of sloshy pad sounds like so many of the other bands inhabiting that space. Naturally, this has always required a finely tuned arsenal of guitar pedals, but Brenner also recently caved on the equipment front and now employs the very machines he had originally intended to rage against. Whatever the paradigm, though, drummer John Allietta's more intricate passages are not to be missed.