One eskimO is a critically-aclaimed British group just making it’s way to American radio. The adult alternative band is made up of singer-songwriter Kristian Leontiou and includes musicians Pete Rinaldi (guitar), Jamie Sefton (bass, horns) and Adam Falkner (drums).
The most accurate description I’ve seen of One eskimO’s sound comes from Billboard Magazine, which calls their music “…catchy, ambient pop.” My own daughters, while listening to One eskimO’s self-titled debut with me, said, “They remind me of a cross between Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz.” Sprinkle in a little Coldplay, and I totally agree.
In the few days I’ve had the CD, the songs have really been growing on me. Immediate favorites include “Hometime,” “Chosen One,” and “Amazing.” But I find myself grooving along more and more to “Astronauts,” “Kandi,” and “Simple Day,” too. Give me another week and I’m sure I’ll be looking forward to the start of every track.
To get a feel for One eskimO, watch this live performance of hit single “Kandi” on The Ellen Show:
You can also catch them live as they tour with Michael Franti in the following cities:
May 19 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
May 22 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
May 24 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
May 25 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
Jun 01 Toronto, ON The Guvernment
Jun 03 New York, NY The Beach at Governor’s Island
Jun 04 Boston, MA House of Blues
Jun 05 Essex Junction, VT Camplain Valley Expo
Jun 06 Hunter, NY Mountain Jam Festival
Jun 08 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Thtr
Jun 09 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
Jun 12 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
Jun 13 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
Aug 14 Denver, CO Mile High Festival
*Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this CD through my participation in One2One Network in order to facilitate the review. I received no other compensation for this review, and the opinions expressed are my own honest impressions.