Echolocator

by Joy Mills Band

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    The Joy Mills Band takes a sonic turn on their new album, Echolocator, taking their soulful country and roots sound into new territory. The sound is clean and modern, vocals front and center. An eclectic set of influences from long-time band members takes flavors from singer-songwriters like Jenny Lewis and Sharon Van Etten and twangy southern rock classics from Supertramp and The Police. The rhythm section is no-frills straight ahead, and the atmosphere and vibe come from Lucien LaMotte's versatile lead guitar and Jack Quick's playful keyboards. Still classic and warm, the Joy Mills Band delivers 10 unfaltering songs on Echolocator, their fifth release, mixed by Julian Martlew and mastered by Ed Brooks (Resonant Mastering).
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    releases January 24, 2020

    Joy Mills: electric guitar, vocals
    Tom Parker - bass, vocals
    Lucien LaMotte - electric guitar, pedal steel, nylon guitar
    Mikel McDermott - drums
    Jack Quick - keys, vocal

    Produced by Joy Mills Band
    Engineered and recorded by Lucien LaMotte, Julian Martlew and Mikel McDermott at NoteWordies
    Mixed by Julian Martlew
    Mastered by Ed Brooks @ Resonant Mastering
    Photos by Ailisa Newhall
    Layout and design by Joy Mills and Sherri Jerome

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1.
Echolocator 03:36
I’ve been looking for love ever since I lost my way Been listening for sounds I know, familiar phrases Is there a message alive in time to save the day Let it resound over the land and loud Echolocator oh-oh-oh-oh, Echolocator oh-oh-oh Follow me through my life I’m a new person now, a new version somehow But it’s the child in me who holds the master key What is this world after all and who can I say is calling All the way across the plane No other love, I’m waiting for you No other love, both night and day No other love, my heart is sound proof You ride along the wave, you drip inside the cave You steal upon the wind, I’m waiting til the end
2.
We walked for days at first through death and through birth The years were counting toward but none from just before Our senses tight and keen, the years of sharpening We used to be so soft to morph into machines Get out of town as soon as now, get out while there’s still time to cut loose Careful round the lake and everywhere you go You’re in the movie now, did you already know? Hold me now, I’m freezing Help me now, I’m reeling Who has ever felt so alive Is nature so unkind to linger so discreet Then open up so wide flooding every street So granular the dream, each ray of light a song Each mote of dust upon, I sing to carry on Get out of town as soon as now, get out while there’s still time to cut loose All the world’s a stage, the patterns never change We seek with wild desire through water and through fire They say there is a town further miles down Through the scope you’ll see the light of future dreams Each road a ridden path, the trees on either side The stars are still our guide in this lonely aftermath Get out of town as soon as now, get out while there’s still time to cut loose I dream of olden times, I dwell inside today Is it fortunate to die, sufficient to survive
3.
Oxygen 03:24
Deep as the water, slow motion and silent Suspended in blue light, this whale is a pilot Fish darting round, such small memories Here and then gone, each one on its own I gotta know how to start again A little love and oxygen Deep as the water, no sign of another Cautious and floating, my mind in the gloaming Remember the days, the voice of my mother Echolocate me, I’m here in the water Memories decorate and haunt me Separation of time unknown Leaves me searching in vain for miracles The kind so sweet and mundane Deep as the water, slow motion and silent Suspended in blue light, this whale is a pilot Fish darting round, such small memories Here and then gone, each one on its own
4.
I've been thinkin it wasn't the drinkin That put me in the state I was in but where was the leavin Runnin the rat race even with guitar cases All that living out and in, what kept me down Anne stopped calling, I stopped trying Pushing notes under the door like something's dying It’s just a restless evening, I've got a bottle with me It complements that easy feeling, got a long way to go I've been falling, without warning My mouth was full of the words of a fool, but there's no recalling Wondering my way out, working my way through Yeah I'm telling these far out stories but only to you Anne stopped calling, I stopped trying Pushing notes under the door, like something's dying It’s just a restless evening, I've got a bottle with me It complements that easy feeling, got a long way to go I can't relate, it's just blue and gold Just blue and gold in a lifted body with a drifting soul And my every day is like an avalanche Almost every day has been catching me up, without even asking
5.
I’m stuck in a rut, I can’t run away Called around but nobody could say I medicate, it’s the fire I know Unlock the door and I light out alone When the lighting is right, cellophane Stepping through the medicine You don’t walk alone with cleavers Flowers steam in a delicate tea And didn’t we know back in the day Didn’t we know the root to take the pain away Waiting now, in the ground Life you know, life from the sun Are we stuck in amber Are we unable to remember At the heart of it, are we getting by, only getting by At the heart of it, are living in a, living in a Meadowsweet, nettle sting, hawthorne at the edge of spring Like a lover’s game, lover’s game, lover’s game, lover’s game Homebound, half light, first star in the evening sky Another day nearly done, another day of life in the sun It takes a long time to wait when you're stuck in a rut
6.
You can count on me, you can count on my rock and roll Sure as sun will shine to beat the band So delicate and new, it was the early side of June Big mama roll the ball across the sky My favorite stone My favorite stone You can follow down to the bay Every river knows the way Polish your mind to silver from the gray When you reach the ocean shore I will intimate some more Big mama roll the ball across the sky Still is life in a wooden frame Still is life a horizon game Baling water from my throat The salty sting of everything You can count on me, I’m here naturally Like a forest in your heart I grow the trees Pine needles soft in spring, to you my subtlety will sing Big mama roll the ball across the sky
7.
Linger on the path while holding younger years and fallen fears Jump like crickets in the grass No pattern or control it seems and longer than the older dream Stretch my arms like trees It’s no wonder I came clean Linger on the path along the edge inside the orchard Free as birds upon the breeze Cast a shadow over me and memories they shake the trees They make a tremble Wind that falls the apple, no happy ever after It’s no wonder I came clean, call me the lonely and the lean Voices call like waters rise, an ache that’s deep and tenderized Drifting back to language lost, losing sleep like sleep has cost me Moments closely savored, doing me a favor It’s no wonder I came clean, call me the lonely and the lean Call me the lonely and the lean This animal this human one pulsing from the nearest sun Pushing days through summer haze each story cuts a different maze Before we crash upon the ground and make a different sound Linger on the path while holding younger years and fallen fears Jump like crickets in the grass No pattern or control it seems and longer than the older dream Stretch my arms like trees It’s no wonder I came clean Call me the lonely and the lean
8.
Set loose on the wild ground, orphan boy since i was born Those days just hazy and long, there’s only dreaming when you’re poor Now my mind is running, my heart is racing, my heart’s in danger now I used to carry bags of down for everyone I’d meet This world I’m living in so full of suffering and sin Oh yeah, my one and only, oh yeah, my one and only Blackbirds on a live wire, sentries on these city streets These days just waves on the shore never ending at my door And if you catch me looking, like a stranger lurking, for a sign I might recognize Every woman passing by like a mother in disguise This world I’m livin in take me back where I begin Oh yeah, my one and only, oh yeah, my one and only Oh yeah, my one and only, oh yeah, my one and only
9.
We’re running out of ways to carry, running out of ways to care Dragging on the line, we drag the breeze Comes from living in a world, I call it drowning in a dream, I care Come into the light you radiant being When you hold me, I feel it in you The pain of hope, yeah, the peace of things, yeah Oh babe, I feel it too The rage that flows, yeah, the peace of things, yeah It’s the ribbon of the road to follow, nowhere else to go, I care Raven in the snow, the light compares If you’re strong inside the hip I call it strong inside the knee, I’m free The rhythm is the why, the way, they wanna be I will always wait for you Even with the lengths I go Even if the fates are thrown Do you know the way back home Do you know the way back home I’m out of running ways Do you know the way back home I’m out of running ways Do you know the way
10.
Get around, I got a long way to go But I’ve come a long way, see how the tree’s grown I might be late for the show Time bends like a twist in the sequence It’s hard to lose what you learn, It’s hot when the forest burns On every acre, in every field alone Feel it all around, feel it in your blood Walk upon the ground, keep your eyes toward the sun Wonder what that feeling is It’s a message of my love, ooo Message of my love, how the light gave away A message of who we are and what conveys Hold on, hold on we’ve only just begun In every field alone We’re all love crazed, pushed into the cities of haze The social mores anymore just keep us further away We hold grief in our lungs, I’m calling every good wish home On every acre, in every field alone Feel it in your arms, feel it in your legs Vessels of your heart, enigmatic spark Wonder what that feeling is It’s a message of my love ooo It’s the center of your heart

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The Joy Mills Band takes a sonic turn on their new album, Echolocator, taking their soulful country and roots sound into new territory. The sound is clean and modern, vocals front and center. An eclectic set of influences from long-time band members takes flavors from singer-songwriters like Jenny Lewis and Sharon Van Etten and twangy southern rock classics from Supertramp and The Police. The rhythm section is no-frills straight ahead, and the atmosphere and vibe come from Lucien LaMotte's versatile lead guitar and Jack Quick's playful keyboards. Still classic and warm, the Joy Mills Band delivers 10 unfaltering songs on Echolocator, their fifth release, mixed by Julian Martlew and mastered by Ed Brooks (Resonant Mastering).

credits

released January 24, 2020

Joy Mills: electric guitar, vocals
Tom Parker - bass, vocals
Lucien LaMotte - electric guitar, pedal steel, nylon guitar
Mikel McDermott - drums
Jack Quick - keys, vocal

Produced by Joy Mills Band
Engineered and recorded by Lucien LaMotte, Julian Martlew and Mikel McDermott at NoteWordies
Mixed by Julian Martlew
Mastered by Ed Brooks @ Resonant Mastering
Photos by Ailisa Newhall
Layout and design by Joy Mills and Sherri Jerome

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Joy Mills Band Seattle, Washington

New album Echolocator out 1.24.20

Urban country and roots from the Pacific Northwest.

"Seattle’s liveliest country-flavored act since Neko Case." - The Stranger

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

“Organic country…both delicate and edgy… For the lo-fi country enthusiast.” – Maverick Mag (UK)
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