Label: Sub Pop Records
With Lese Majesty the collective turns its ethos for sonic inscrutability into a provocation. Tracks are broken into short fragments. "Solemn Swears" and "Harem Aria" drown in ambient stargazing, while "Noetic Noiromantics" is sequenced like skipping vinyl. A missing element is Palaceer Lazaro's fanciful wordplay, which appears briefly on "Motion Sickness" and "#Cake," the latter shimmying like a bounce track. But words are secondary in this abstract art piece where mood and vibes trump rap aesthetics. As Lazaro says on "They Come in Gold," "one picture's worth a thousand swerves."