Mark Templeton, Standing on a Hummingbird

Philip Sherburne

By Philip Sherburne

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Standing on a Hummingbird

Mark Templeton
Glitch gone organic.

Mark Templeton's Standing on a Hummingbird sounds a lot like its title suggests. His processing — cutting and looping sounds at odd intervals, so that an elliptical sense of repetition gets jostled by all kinds of random potholes — has left a digitally cobwebbed air about everything (the now-canonical "glitch" sound familiar from Oval). But glitch music has seldom sounded this supple, as piano reverb washes everything in watery ambiance and nervous guitar figures crabwalk across the skipped digits. Again, it's not without precedent: the way the movements phase slowly into each other in "Amidst Things Uncontrolled" owes a fair debt to Gastr Del Sol's reconfigured roots music, and the fizzy "Difficult to Light" isn't all that far off from some of Loren MazzaCane Connors 'one-note meditations. It's just the way the acoustic material seems to crumble into vague new shapes that's so arresting; a track like "Roots Growing" unfolds like a sheet of paper being crumpled into a ball and lovingly smoothed out again.