Throughout the album, Escovedo keeps the production on point, balancing the instrumentation so that it aids in conveying the stories and emotions without overpowering Nail’s gentle, yet wise delivery. The glorious “Dreams” is infused with pop sensibilities encouraging one to avoid the negativity in your brain and “listen to the song in your heart.” Lovely harmonies take the very tender “Survive” to an uplifting place. “Every day I begin again, pray the Lord my soul to bear/Right or wrong gonna do what’s best for you and no one else…..you’ll always be a light.”, while the ruminative “The Great Mystery” contains philosophical underpinnings. “Looking out miles for miles into beyond/Thanking God for what you got and the good fight you have fought.”
The bluesy (and very “chill”) “Only Love” centers on traveling through this life looking for love, “Brave” will simply put a swell in your chest - with the use of violin, it touches on many levels. “…Because tomorrow we move on from yesterday/I know that through the fear I will remain brave" with “New Frontier” containing one of the most impactful lines on the record “I hope you come unraveled from self-doubt and scorn.” My Mountain concludes with the wrenching yet optimistic, “Tell Me What Else You Got” in which he encourages life to throw whatever it has at him, for he has nothing to fear as the gods are watching and the angels are walking beside him.
The beautifully told stories of struggle, perseverance, gratitude and hope on My Mountain leave you in a reflectful mindset; thinking not only about Nail’s journey, but also reexamining your own.