There are Sonic Youth fans and then there are Sonic Youth fans, those special listeners that delve into all of the weird side projects that feature Thurston banging on a table for an hour. There’s no doubt that the latter would love Broken Shoulder.
Conceived when he was sidelined with a broken shoulder, this one man side project of Neil Debnam from Fighting Kites is all about improvisation and experimentalism. After several listens to Broken Shoulderrr, I’ve still yet to figure out where it’s going, but that’s part of the charm. With nods to the aforementioned Sonic Youth (weirder moments, of course), Philip Glass, and even ’90s indie rock, Debnam has created an inaccessible yet gorgeous record that will catch a lot of people off guard.
The record is out now on Audio Antihero.