1/27/2014

Rock-Folk Review: Kito Peters-Witness

Release Date: 1/15/14
Label: Cabezon Music

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Witness is Kito Peters’ 13th release. With steady flow of releases year after year Peters has created quite a niche for himself. His music is introspective and eclectic. 

Witness kicks off the proceedings with the title track and sets the tone for what is to come. Although Peters offers an eclectic mix from a musical perspective, he is very astute and straightforward with his lyrics, which I found refreshing. His tastes vary from folk, rock, jazz and blues. The mix is quite pleasing and relaxing, which I welcomed.

“Troubadour” is very upbeat and drives home the message with a high energy pace. In the same instance Peters can take an entirely different approach by coming across mellow and controlled so the listeners have an opportunity to look inward to see how the song relates to their own lives. Then again “Anthropology” explores the more serious side of the human condition even though the character “stays at home and fuss and fume, ” conveying the frustrations of life, the music finds a way to take the lyrics and make it all ok with uplifting passages and some reflective and easy going trombone playing. Instruments from a brass section can put an entirely different spin on the entire track and lead the person listening down a different path. That path being one that ends up being a bit more cerebral and complex. You can take that for what it’s worth as everyone takes away something different from every song and that is the beauty of music and being an individual while expressing feelings and emotion through a song.

Peters is an accomplished singer/songwriter/musician and those that take part in the project with him are working from the same place and level of expertise. I am certain it could not work any other way for a veteran like Peters. “Bastille” is a great example of the diversity that an artist like Peters can display within one track. Elements of folk, rock, blues and Americana coming shining through like the brightest star in the night sky. “Comrades” closes out the album perfectly in a mellow way, as if to say “thanks for being my brother and listening to my music”.

Witness will keep you entertained from beginning to end and every track has a different aspect to explore in the world of Kito Peters. This recording has all the bullet points that speak of quality and consistency. Anyone who can appreciate good music in its entirety will find something to enjoy here. Music that is hard to put in box and tuck away is what real music fans want to hear these days. You won’t find Kito Peters on your radio dial alongside all the Top Forty hit machines but if you like a satisfying musical journey you definitely need to pick up a copy of Witness.
  
4/5 Stars
 
Key Tracks: Bastille, Witness, Comrades

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

January 27, 2014

Tracks:
01.Witness
02.Troubadour
03.Tricks Like This
04.Last Resort
05.Apology
06.Scapegoat
07.Anthropology
08.Brother to Brother
09.Nice
10.Sometimes Better
11.Bastille
12.X-Ray
13.Comrades

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