When It Comes To Fidelity

Lesser’s website greets you with a billboard-size message: “I don’t give a fuck what’s on your iPod.” All the same, you’ll find six MP3 to download which collectively amount to an EP release free for the taking. Obviously Lesser (a.k.a. Jason Doerck) doesn’t give a fuck if you download ‘em either, but take it from me, these gems are worth the disc space. Aside from “This Is What We’ve Become,” the artist’s punk and breakcore past are set aside for a more languid and exploratory approach. “When It Comes To Fidelity” practically comes off as a ballad, intertwining field recording with digital call and response. Despite the occasional harsh texture, the track shows signs of folk-inspired melody and harmonies, almost but not quite.


—RN