Self-consciously awkward electronica from San Francisco

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Lesser – Suppressive Acts I-X

Heavy conceptual avant-noise time again, as Lesser takes a limited bunch of samples to “try to bind a history of metal to a career in electronica”. One can only assume that this seasoned prankster is trying to reference both genres’ capacity for brutality and outrage, particularly when the 10 pieces have titles like “Ancient Chinese Whack-Off Session”. Ironically, the results are rarely as provocative as you’d hope, weirdly boring and restrained next to the chaos of 2001’s Gearhound. “The Science Of Pathology” is an entertaining reconstruction of thrash metal, and “Dandy In The Fedora” is a fairly gut-churning hip hop pastiche. But, in general, Lesser’s intellectual and musical stuntplay pales next to the marvels generated by his sometime collaborators, Matmos.