Friday, May 21, 2010

New Music: One eskimO

Thanks to One2One Network, I got the chance to check out the new self-titled CD by One eskimO.  One eskimO is a critically-acclaimed English band fronted by singer-songwriter Kristian Leontiou and includes musicians Pete Rinaldi (guitar), Jamie Sefton (bass, horns) and Adam Falkner (drums). I hadn't heard of them, but enjoyed the sound of their hit song 'Kandi' which you may have already heard since it's the most played song on all adult rock radio 4 weeks and counting.  You can watch the video on YouTube, in case you're like me and hadn't heard it.

The album release comes in tandem with a full length animated film.  “Hometime”, one of the tracks that an animated short was first done with proved to be quite a sensation.  It received numerous honors at film festivals around the world, as well as a 2008 British Animation Award.  I'm not sure if they're talking about this track or not, but I enjoyed the animated version of 'Kandi' so thought I'd include it:

One eskimO - "Kandi" - Animated from Shangri-La Music on Vimeo.

Cory ran off with the CD as soon as it came in the mail and ripped it to his Zune.  Since then we've been listening to it in the van every time we go anywhere.  Both Cory and I are enjoying it quite a bit.  It's not like anything else I listen to, so I can't really compare it to anything.  Billboard Magazine calls the album "...catchy, ambient pop." and Los Angeles Times Magazine hails the song "Kandi" “a beautiful, aspirational track.”   I'm not sure exactly how I would classify it, but overall I find it easy to listen to and several of the tracks are quite catchy.

Will it become one of my favorite CDs?  Probably not, but it is one that I will continue to listen to.  I especially like that I can share it with my teenage son.  Have you heard some of the music teenagers listen to nowadays?  This is nothing like that.  It's easy on the eardrums and doesn't seem to have any objectionable lyrics.

The CD is available now, and One eskimO will be on tour throughout May, June, and July.  Check out the One eskimO website for more information and tour dates. You can also find the band on facebook and get a free download of the song 'Astronauts' by sharing on twitter.  Enter to win a copy of the CD as well as a One eskimO t-shirt over at Oh hey, what's up.

Thanks to the One2One Network for sending me this CD for free. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% mine.
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