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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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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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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Track Name: Echolocator
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
Track Name: Get Out of Town
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
Track Name: Oxygen
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
Track Name: Without Even Asking
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
Track Name: Stuck in a Rut
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
Track Name: Favorite Stone
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
Track Name: The Lonely and the Lean
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
Track Name: My One and Only
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
Track Name: The Peace of Things
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
Track Name: Message of My Love
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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