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Trick of the Eye

by Joy Mills

Seattle songwriter Joy Mills branches out from her band, The Starlings, to release her solo album, Trick of the Eye. Balladeering and soulful songs that explore the ethos and modern myth. “Call it lilt with an edge.” – Leicester Bangs (UK)
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. History Repeats
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2. Boomerang
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3. Think of You & I
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4. Trick of the Eye
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5. Tourist Town
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6. Hey Valentine
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7. Best Show in Town
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8. Lake
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9. Bound to Find You
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10. When the Arrow Leaves the Bow
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Album Notes
Seattle songwriter Joy Mills brings forth a new solo album, Trick of the Eye, due out in spring 2012. Balladeering and soulful country songs about the ethos and modern myth. The line-up includes Mills' partner of eleven years, Tom Parker, on bass, Lucien La Motte on pedal steel and electric guitar, and Paul Culala on drums and percussion.

After 5 years of recording & touring with her bandmates in The Starlings, Mills comes forth with her most contemplative round of songs yet. Maintaining her urban country style, Trick of the Eye is steeped with verdant melodies and layers of pedal steel and electric guitar set against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. It's a sound reminiscent of artists like Justin Townes Earle, Doug Paisley, and Neko Case. Big ideas like time, motion and the mind are delivered through the lyrical imagery she is known for and sink a little deeper into the psyche of life in the modern world. Walking photographs and still lifes of commotion.

In both her solo career and with The Starlings, Mills has garnered extensive reviews, chart-listings and favor both here and abroad, including KEXP’s "Top Ten Northwest Bands." She has supported such artists as Todd Snider, The Avett Brothers, Fred Eaglesmith, The Wood Brothers, Eilen Jewell, and others. She also provides backing vocals on multiple recordings - most recently to Zoe Muth and the Lost High Roller’s 2011 release, Starlight Hotel.

With the release of Trick of the Eye, Mills and the band will be touring throughout the year in support of it. For more info:

“Call it lilt with an edge.” – Leicester Bangs (UK)

“Organic country…both delicate and edgy… For the lo-fi country enthusiast.” – Maverick Magazine

With the release of Trick of the Eye, Mills and the band will be touring throughout the year in support of it. For more info:

Joy Mills – ac guit, vox
Lucien La Motte – elec guit, pedal steel, bass (track 6)
Tom Parker – bass, harmonica, vox
Paul Culala – drums and percussion

Produced by Joy Mills
Co-produced by Lucien La Motte, Mike McDermott and Julian Martlew
Watercolor "Belize" by Tracy Lang (

All songs © ℗ 2012 by Joy Mills (BMI)



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Ed Goodstein

Really accomplished, excellent modern folk country
This is an album that took awhile to really get under my skin, seeing and hearing beyond just the
considerable lithe surface charm. Mills has a very pretty voice and the band are marvelous accompaniment. There's an almost literary element to the complex lyrics and imagery that really grabs hold though in the best possible way. The country folk arrangements lend some familarity to it all; but also seem very apt for the songs. These expertly juxtapose exhuberance, melancholy, assurance, and unease with lovely, unusual imagery and impeccable style. I like her work with The Starlings too, but this kicks her songwriting and performing to an even better, higher level. One of the best albums I've heard in 2012.