Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy Release Introspective “Strangers” EP

Local folk/gospel duo Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy recently released an enchanting four song EP entitled Strangers. The duo skillfully tackles contrasting topics like feeling outpourings of love while being totally unsure of the future. The soft musicianship matches their positive yet conflicted lyrics, and resonates as an honest reflection on troubles surrounding love, lost and found. The standout instrumentals on this release come in the form of violin and piano, adding a restrained passion over top of the guitars and drums.


The violin and vocals drive “Watch You Sleep,” a track that deals with broken promises and off-track relationships. Overall, the song is somewhat optimistic but the violin adds a sense of desperation amongst the steady drums and beautiful vocal harmonies. In contrast, “Mountain” is an inspiring track that gleams with a persistent and willing attitude. The piano adds subtle hits to lead in the chorus, where Rachel confidently sings, “I’ll climb up the mountain, climb up the mountain, climb up the mountain, to get to you / And I may get weary, I may get tired / But I won’t stop till I get to you.”

Overall, Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy create emotional songs that are styled by folk instrumentals and gospel-like lyrics. The music is straight-forward but captivating, and acts as a platform for the duo to belt good-hearted, self-empowering choruses. Following up their full-length album, Repose, Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy continue to become stronger songwriters and vocalists.

Stream/download Strangers on bandcamp, and be on the lookout for live performances from Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy come this Fall.

Photo by Kate Saurman via Facebook.

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