Though singer-songwriter Kristan Leontiou was already an established musician in the U.K., he was unsatisfied with his public image. In a swift and surprising move, he walked away from success to start from scratch. Leontiou joined three others to form the imaginative and (literally) animated group One eskimO.
Teaming with Gravy Media, the group produced two short films to accompany several of its tracks. The videos were an instant hit, receiving several honors at film festivals and a British Animation Award in 2008.
The band's self-titled debut album is an audio-visual project, and it includes a full animation. Still, while idiosyncratic, self-produced videos are a notable component of the work, the band's heart and soul lies in expressive music. One eskimO's songwriting is as joyous, imaginative and colorful as its films.