Single of the week: Little Kid – John Arnott Review

By Dave Bertram

Little Kid deliver Mark Linkous in shoegaze mode on latest single John Arnott

There’s something about an obscure inspiration behind a track that makes you listen that bit closer. John Arnott, the new single from Toronto’s indie four-piece, Little Kid – their first material since the band’s last record Transfiguration Highway ­­– takes its cues from the aforementioned Pastor who spearheaded a Christian revival in the city more than two decades ago.

And intriguing it is. Heavy, looping guitars and metronomic, booming drums circle around a four-note riff throughout – interspersed with distorted vocals that recall a less direct and less fiery Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) on his sophomore record, Good Morning Spider.

But for all the energy of the instrumentation, the pace holds a comfortable sway that gives the track a dreamy, airy and spacey aura that even at just under seven minutes still feels a little short!

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