Sophisticated and something that wouldn’t be far off what you’d have heard in the seventies but also in today’s music industry, ‘Cruel Fools Eye’ is taken from Donovan Keith’s new album ‘Let Me Loose’. Donovan’s uniquely vintage style combining soul, funk, and rock blends well with a variety of musical genres and his universal appeal has seen him open for acts such as Enrique Iglesias, Tower Of Power, the late Charles Bradley, Fastball, Snarky Puppy, and Erykah Badu.
Sharing how the track was created, Donovan explains, “This is a track inspired by The Temptations and Motown vocal groups. Many of their songs have jazzy or funky rhythm that is upbeat but contrasted with sometimes wistful or pensive lyrics. I initially wrote the bass line and the rhythm just fell into place. I grew up on that era or music and so when I write songs those influences burst through my creations and I heard the motown-esque backup vocals, the horn hits on the chorus, and the big build of the pre-chorus into the chorus. Tracked live in Wire Recording in Austin, TX by Stuart Sullivan (Sublime) Mixed Chris Bell (Erykah Badu, Destinys Child) and Mastered by Gavin Lurssen”