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:: God’s Little Eskimo ::
21 January 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
By JA

I love a man in love with his music and Johnny Restall - aka God’s Little Eskimo - starts off by taking the care and time to produce these simple but rather attractively packaged demos. Original artwork, a simple A4 flyer and of course as anyone would rightly expect, a postcard of introduction that includes an image of “Monkey Riding Goat” by Walter Potter.

Restall is an unassuming talent, content to rustle up his energetic, carefully refined strums to the strains of whistling (“Saint Remy”) or a washboard (“Beat”). There’s some sense of achievement in the fact that GLE has managed to integrate the various layers of accompaniment into something mischievously subtle. His songs and taglines are deeply attractive but never rely on anything approaching a crude cliché or worse still, songs or styles that are utterly contrived. That's something that's becoming increasingly rare within the City's acoustic assemblies. Instead he uses the slightly off-tune piano tinkles of “All That Is Holy” to distribute a collection of almost broken vocal notes, that then lightly float and rise with a sophisticated glee. God’s Little Eskimo is Johnny Restall’s gratifyingly special formula to resolve any potential bleakness, with a wild mixture of stripped back, sparkling sounds. A remarkable demo for all of these reasons and more..


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