Since Fighting Kites devolved, Broken Shoulder have been very busy and I think I’ve reviewed everything they’ve released, so I was quite pleased to receive this beautifully packaged and hand manufactured Cd-r direct from the man himself. If you’ve been keeping up with him you’ll know that Neil Debnam (for he is Broken Shoulder) does some pretty abstract work and is also musically flighty. This is his trip into drone territory and he brings a familiar set of sounds with him but utilized in a slightly different way. “Sunks” is short and warm and fuzzy. Like a monkey. “Country Apples” is slightly more autumnal but I don’t know if I think that because it mentions apples or because it has a slightly more defined (and melancholy) melody. “Guts” didn’t make me think of guts. It made me think of a salt flats with heat haze. It’s either a very, very fast song or a very, very slow song depending on how you look at it (and on whether you even think of it as a song at all). “What is Thirteen ?” is a field recording that slowly drifts into a broken set of unconnected electric guitar notes with added force field noises and all sorts of things going on. If you’re familiar with Broken Shoulder this is a reasonably satisfying release (with lovely packaging) and if you’re not it’s not a bad way to get acquainted. Just don’t expect to be whistling along.