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Local duo Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy quickly release more new music

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN  BINGAMAN
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After spending most of last year making a full-length album, Montgomery County indie folk music-making couple Nathan Earl (Allebach) and Rachel Joy (Moyer) have released an EP with a noticeably different theme.
While the gospel-laced “Repose” revolved around finding peace amidst troubling circumstances, the “Strangers” EP — which visitors to Noisetrade.com will see as a “New & Notable” pick (and available as a free download) — is about the messiness of relationships.
Moyer, who plays piano, takes the lead vocal on “Mountain.” “The current pulled me home/and there you stood right at my door. With your heart placed in your hands, you calmed your racing mind and you said, ‘I’ll climb up the mountain … to get to you’.”
“You’ll keep my big mouth in line/cork my thought-drunk mind, and let me inside,” acoustic guitarist Allebach sings on “Honey Eyes,” an effective duet.
“And I know how it is to think of our first kiss/when watching your friends make out,” they later sing in harmony.
Despite different lyrical flavors, what ties both their recent releases together — “Repose” was issued in February and “Strangers” followed in May — is the warm sound of the recordings, the standout violin contributions of Keoni Bolding, the crisp drumming of Charles Raffaele and beautiful vocal harmonies.
Childhood church friends who found a deeper connection in 2013, Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy even found themselves playing a recent Studio Session of WXPN’s The Key and Philadelphia’s Clark Park Festival. You can catch them in concert (The Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy Facebook page says it’s their last show of the summer) with Eunoia, Sonnder and Church Girls at a show that starts at 6 p.m. June 27 in the barn at the Mulberry Hills farmstead, 2585 County Line Road, West Rockhill Township, on the outskirts of Telford. Tickets are $5.

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