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London's One eskimO brings new album to life on its Northwest tour

People are falling in love with one particular Eskimo.

London's indie band One eskimO is getting plenty of play on YouTube, thanks to their animated Eskimo illustrated by lead singer Kristian Leontiou.

Leontiou worked with 30 animators for 10 months on their self-titled album, which was released in September. The end result was a cute story and an even cuter mascot.

"We have an animation that runs over our whole album," he said. "As we were writing the album, we were trying to create something that felt like it went along with the music. The simplicity of the snowscape and characters lent themselves well to the sound we were working on."

The band will be playing Dec. 14 at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland and the group is looking forward to returning to the Northwest.

"The first time it's quite difficult to take it all in, so it's nice to revisit places," Leontiou said. "You get to know the cities and get to know how different they are."

Leontiou first got into the music industry as a songwriter when he was 16. After a successful run as an individual artist, the 27-year-old decided to form his own band.

"There is a massive music scene in London," he said. "It's definitely kind of the capital of music. We've just been fortunate to all kind of play around the different projects over the years and get to know each other and it's been quite nice that we ended up as a family. We've literally sat in a bus together for the last year, and it just works."

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