Austin currently is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to bands with great horns, either backing or leading. The Austin music community is tight-knit and the individual horn players can be seen in numerous bands, often on the same night. This makes me feel very lucky to live in this musically energized city and I love when I come across a band that is new to me but I am dumbstruck when it turns out I have somehow been missing a band as talented as Soul Track Mind. The only excuse I have is that Austin simply delivers far more quality music than one music fan can experience.
As much as I enjoy Soul Track Minds driving groove, it is Donovan Keith’s passionate, emotional and powerful vocals that convincingly sell you every song on their new album Unbreakable. The full force of the band hits you square in the chest as soon as “Fight for Love” opens up the album. It is a propulsive soul-rock piece that has Donovan pushing his voice to the ragged edge, where it is at its most impactful.
The done me wrong “Foolin’ Around” follows with Donovon showing he has a soft side to his voice before the song explodes into a heartfelt plea. Donovan brings to bear the yearning and seductive side of his vocal prowess in “Silhouette” with spectacular results. Throughout Unbreakable, you feel the rock steady control of the band barely restraining the go for broke vocals and it works perfectly. Soul Track Mind is the real deal and you owe it to yourself to buy this album when it is released on September 16th.
I am particularly happy to say the album is available as a CD and in the FLAC format. The engineering of this album makes a format better than MP3 worth the purchase. Do the right thing and order your copy directly from the bands website where they receive the full benefit of their work. Pick up a t-shirt and one of their other albums why you are at it.
Soul Track Mind is more than a clever band name; they deliver the emotional goods in droves. I look forward to seeing them for their Record Premier Party at The North Door September 20th and I hope to see all of you there as well. I have a feeling this is going to be an evening to remember.