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The Get Ahead - Mind Is A Mountain EP (Jullian Records)

Add Date: 10/10
Focus Track: 2
FCC: 1
Format: Top 200, Triple A, Americana

Artist Info: “These songs are snapshots of an American life culled from experience with what we feel are universal messages,” says The Get Ahead co-leader, singer-songwriter, guitarist Nathan Earle. 

The Americana soul quintet’s latest EP, Mind Is A Mountain, is a watershed artistic entry born from tragedy, profound relationship shifts, frustrating band lineup reshuffles, and a highly transformative experience working with Grammy Award-winning producer, Son Little (The Roots, RJD2, and Mavis Staples). The quintet mines an amalgam of classic rock, swampy blues, vintage soul, R&B, country, and gospel, and count as inspiration artists as diverse as Sam Cooke, The Coasters, King Khan, Bill Withers, Ike & Tina, X, Wanda Jackson, Freddy King, and Otis Redding. 

Mind Is A Mountain is a smoldering cauldron of impassioned golden oldie yearning, brawny delta blues, soaring 1960s girl group anthems, and modern vintage Motown. The EP opens with the impassioned “Stella” which cries out for an unattainable love interest. Here, Nathan’s voice is raw with honeyed soulful edges as it pleads for Stella in a musical setting that conjures ill-fated 1950s balladry and mid-1970s Bob Dylan despondency. The EP’s title track feels like a spiritual wafting off the Mississippi Delta River with Nathan’s lead vocals poignantly girded by Juliet’s gospel-tinged harmonies.