An alternative rock band led by British singer/songwriter Kristian Leontiou, One eskimO made their album debut in 2009 with All Balloons. Hailing from London, England, Leontiou began his recording career as a solo artist. Upon signing a major-label recording deal with Polydor, he made his full-length solo album debut in 2004 with Some Day Soon. The album was a hit in the United Kingdom, spawning the Top Ten hit single “Story of My Life” in addition to a few follow-up singles.
Leontiou was unhappy with the direction of his solo career, however, and adopted the One eskimO moniker for a guest feature on the song “Hope & Glory” from the Faithless album To All New Arrivals (2006). In time, One eskimO expanded to become a quartet comprised of Pete Rinaldi (guitar), Jamie Sefton (bass, horns), and Adam Falkner (drums), in addition to Leontiou (vocals).
With the full-band lineup in place, One eskimO made their commercial recording debut in 2007 with the single “Hometime.” Released independently on the Little Polar Records label, “Hometime” was licensed for use in a Toyota Prius advertisement in the United States.
A couple years later the band released “Kandi” as the follow-up single, plus Debut EP (2009), a four-track EP released stateside featuring the single. Around this same time, One eskimO toured North America as the opening act of Tori Amos on her Sinful Attraction Tour and re-released “Hometime.” Meanwhile, the release of the band’s full-length album debut, All Balloons (2009), was pushed back from June until September. – Jason Birchmeier