Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
London-based band One Eskimo (a.k.a. One eskimO) treated the crowd at Patriots Point on Fri. May 6 to pared-down versions of many of the lush and cinematic songs from their self-titled 2009 release. It was part of the weekly Fridays on the Point series at the Charleston Harbor Resort.
Lead singer Kristian Leontiou was not able to appear due to visa issues, but bassist/horn player Jamie Sefton stepped up to the mic and led the band quite admirably.
Percussionist Adam Falkner was on top of the beats from behind a kit crowned with a fully illuminated vintage motorcycle headlight assembly. Behind him was a wired cymbal-board that was one of the most unusual setups I’d ever seen.
From the ’70s-style soul of “Simple Day” to dreamy New-Wave-ish melodies to the yearning simplicity of “Amazing,” they moved through the set with variety and finesse. Their big hit “Kandi” had Sefton passing around the mic to ladies near the stage to let them tackle Candi Staton’s line, “He called me baby all night long.” It was a brave move, but he was rewarded by several women with actual pipes.
Unfortunately, the band’s soundman had to push through soundcheck with a crowd, as the weather cleared at the last possible minute, but it was ultimately worth it. The sound was perfect — no small feat in a breezy outdoor locale. One Eskimo more than proved that their rising star is well-deserved.