Mr. Kito is the musical solo project of Eric Michot, a French singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer living in Cape Town, South Africa. Having been in local indie bands, he decided to upload his solo material online and found a highly favourable reception from people worldwide. He is now playlisted on many radio stations and has featured in many online magazines and music blogs.
His music is a surprisingly original mix of indie, rock, electronica and pop with gritty low-end guitar riffs, tribal, tom-tom drum patterns, brooding basslines and Michot’s French-inflected vocals forming the basis of his sound, with some great synth riffs sometimes added to the blend. His lyrics are more thoughtful and philosophical than most which gives extra depth to the music.
This album, The State Of Presence, consists of twelve songs with a minute long intro. The album is very consistent in the high quality of the songwriting, though particular highlights for me were the addictive and insistent indie/rock of Alexander The Great and the haunting Heaven’s Break, with my personal favourite being the quirky I Have No Brain, standing out due to its instantly memorable chorus: “I have no brain, not able to reason, ruled by emotions, erase all motivation“. I also loved the mid-paced electronica of In Time and the Radiohead/Muse-influenced intensity of Recover. The vocoder on Que Sera Sera was a nice production touch.
Overall, this is an excellent alternative indie rock/pop album with plenty that discerning listeners will appreciate. Eric Michot has successfully blended genres and his influences to forge a strong musical identity of his own, which is not something many artists can genuinely claim. His reputation and already wide fanbase will continue to grow if he can keep up putting out albums of a similar quality, all the more impressive as he is achieving his success as an independent artist on his own label.
Verdict: 8.5 out of 10