Trick of the Eye

by Joy Mills Band

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $7 USD  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Seattle songwriter Joy Mills released Trick of the Eye in 2012. Balladeering and soulful country songs about the ethos and modern myth. The album 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.


    Includes unlimited streaming of Trick of the Eye via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      $10 USD or more 

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 7 Joy Mills Band releases available on Bandcamp and save 20%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Echolocator, Coming Up, Deep Cut, Cat & Mouse, Cat & Mouse (single), Trick of the Eye, and Unreleased. , and , .

    Purchasable with gift card

      $27.20 USD or more (20% OFF)

     

1.
so rehearsed, it could not be worse than the script that was thrown in the flame breakin backs on your bitter lakes and the sun has been setting all day how can somebody know these kind of days when the math isn’t made with clay I wrecked all the webs that the spiders made but I rarely go insane so rehearsed, it was never worse than the deafening sound in the air plenitude with pale attitude no doorway to old prayers how can somebody know these kind of days with a heart that’s just made with clay I cracked all the codes in my little book but it’s just a little book I made where’s the promise, where’s the focus I know this writer just like hypnosis a different way to see, a different way to see where’s the promise, where’s the focus the night has fallen, you hear the locusts the timbals in their ribs, the timbals in their ribs so rehearsed, each and every verse it’s the ending of an age imagine now if you still know how what a changed mind can replace how can somebody know these kind of days when the math isn’t made with clay and I wrecked all the webs that the spiders made but I rarely go insane more than once each day
2.
Boomerang 03:31
there’s only one way to cast a stone or draft a line or boomerang and by the way turn around it’s coming from the other way I’ll sit beside this tree and wait for the softest breeze there’s never right and never wrong and afterlife and nevermore and by the way who can agree with anything we’ve said before I’ll sit beside this tree just you wait and see how the moon has arranged us like stars repeating in the sky where tides and animals collide and the wind will take us in its time the money made, the stones engraved the kitchen sinks and tagalongs and by the way we sing along to every little radio they say I’ll sit beside this tree the thoughts rise above me the mess I made, the love created never born never dated fly away to distant dreams with lands that seem so fabricated I’ll sit beside this tree who will deliver me the happenstance, the mating dance the hypocrites that caterwaul and by the way, I’ve seen it all and you do too, the tale is tall I’ll sit beside this tree picture it silently I called you back, I drew a heart I left you with your favorite part and by the way, I can’t explain what happens to us anyway I’ll sit beside this tree what will remain of me
3.
I am the ocean and the sky A marble full of clouds and I had never noticed How it swings a melody And kindness swells, make me smile think of you and I I am the river, lean and strong I hold the belly boats, carry motion faster I am devoted to the night When shadows merge, sing a dirge think of you and I And I will go As lightning strikes, send a crooked saber And I will go Because the bell was shot, and 6 o’clock tomorrow Maybe we’ll be here tomorrow I am the forest and the breeze A rooted spine, a twisted vine A thought moving through you I am a wave inside a wave So sing again my feathered friend think of you and I
4.
what is this trick, what is this photograph that comes to mind every time? hey, didn’t know it was taking mine blazing all those trails, taking all those photographs taken long from the roof hey, didn’t know it was coming soon what is this dark room? what is this light that’s pouring in? to break itself upon itself and leave no time for crying shame the pencil breaks, broken the ticking of the time is when the sight of the edge is thin tell me now, design…tell me now photograph the gear is low, rolling down blacking out across the town taken for a fool, but I’m skipping school fold it up, had enough do you know what I’ve been thinking of? this tripping old dream for all it is and all it seems and I wrap myself inside the light of sleepless nights and tossing beds these running trains inside my head I skip the stones along the stream no wiser for this walking dream yeah, I skip the stones along the stream no wiser for this walking dream
5.
Tourist Town 03:58
I never set out for glory that was always the story and the players come back late to a neighborhood so sweet and tired I was taken by the gallon sweatin and then frozen weighted down by mileage chosen for the scorning and now, can you feel the fever’s reverie I never set out for glory that was always the story I’ve been holding back the plow always sleeping by day in this tourist town, this tourist town always caring for the lowly, trodden down by takers rollin’ in the shipyard, burning down the papers and I get restless, even when the fever’s going down always caring for the lonely, trodden down by takers rollin’ in the shipyard, burning down the papers and now, can you feel the fever’s reverie I never set out for glory I keep telling that story I keep hearing my voice talking I keep seeing my feet running I keep hearing my voice talking I keep seeing my feet running and I never set out for glory
6.
hey hey hey valentine Time to ease your worried mind hey hey hey valentine who has given all away, all away to me time is just 1, 2 and 3 every wave falls back to sea and every road that don’t taper and end and every echo across the span and like an echo I hear it again tell me what is fortune, something to realize at the end of our lives just to find all the trials and the setbacks were designed like a folded piece of paper, sitting on a sill sail it out through the window, to be still hey hey hey valentine Time to ease your worried mind hey hey hey valentine who has given all away, all away to be free
7.
Well, I've been certain sometimes as the grass grows underneath Confounded by the night sky and all there is between People always say, how long must I wait Til my glass is full and brimming with a love that I can taste I’ve taken all the measures I’ve stood in all the lines Held out my worn-out ticket tall enough for the ride Little stroke of luck, well I’ve had that too But the closest that it brought me was to a dream-vision of you Is this the best show in town am I high on its praise could my heart bear the weight as the sun beats to the ground and the evening stars beg they beg to be seen, shining down shining down on the place this restless love has made there’s an island in the meadow there's a meadow without sides like an ocean bearing rowboats tending to the greater tide it’s hot under the sun, it’s cold under the moon it’s tricky how I got here to a blue world without you
8.
Lake 03:20
How is that lake still in my mind’s eye? I read my horoscope it said to capture thunder And I love you, and you’re my type But all this love is taking over and much under And in my make-up, and on that high line I walk across like I could worry sober And my lover, out of my hands I hope that all this talk of love is moving boulders All those nights, we slept like sardines For each one of us a wheel to spin our dream And how they must have risen like steam And intermingled with the drifting clouds of evening And not for lack of distant sorrow Or all the rules I like to make and never follow We crossed it all out, we swept the floor Isn’t what’s always here the always waited for And out of nowhere I sing like this And across my lips, sinking ships
9.
Everyone knows on the roadside that every night on the road side is a trial to be close to the fire And I have opened eyes in the morning but every night on the road side you gotta hide and find se don’t move fast as an arrow we don’t move on a straight line let’s go down to the races anybody been racing out on the roadside where I’m bound to find you Everyone knows in the changes like every night on an airline, across the divide where pressure’s thin as a feather and you can slip through the shadows or grow green on the vine
10.
When the arrow leaves the bow when the arrow leaves the bow I’ll slip a note, under the door to shine your light on the distant shore If the candle wick won’t light if it’s drowned in a waxen lake we’ll turn away from the spark to let our eyes adjust to the dark how the wind it howls at the door now the wind it howls once more we’ll put ourselves and friends alee and pass the time with the old stories I am a traveler, I am a homemaker Don’t hurry now for the undertaker who heeds the word, who heeds the call to climb the mountain, to sleep inside its walls With smoking guns we’ll shoot the breeze with what is left to contemplate O garden give what you can and autumn rest in a fallow hand I am a lover, I’m for believing don’t worry now about the rules of forgiveness there comes a time in every life to put your weight behind the push of the knife When the arrow leaves the bow when the arrow leaves the bow I’ll slip a note, under the door to shine your light on the distant shore Yeah shine your light on the distant shore

about

Seattle songwriter Joy Mills released Trick of the Eye in 2012. Balladeering and soulful country songs about the ethos and modern myth. The album 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.

After recording & touring with The Starlings from 2005-2010, Mills set out to record a solo release, and brought forth 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. 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.

In both her solo career and with The Starlings, Mills has garnered extensive reviews, chart-listings and favor both here and abroad. She has supported such artists as Todd Snider, The Avett Brothers, Fred Eaglesmith, The Wood Brothers, and Eilen Jewell. She also provides backing vocals on multiple recordings - most recently to Zoe Muth and the Lost High Roller’s 2011 release, Starlight Hotel, and 2012 release, Old Gold.

Trick of the Eye was made possible in part by the Artist Support Program at Jack Straw Productions.


"Seattle’s liveliest country-flavored act since Neko Case." - Paul Constant (The Stranger)

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

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

"Trick of the Eye is an easy rolling, urban country debut, right in step with the likes of Zoe Muth and Davidson Hart Kingsbery. Mills sings with a simple, unhurried cadence, with earthy tones that softly attune bassist Tom Parker's subtle harmonies with her own. Trick of the Eye rings with such sounds, rich in lyrical imagery and twangy pedal steel." - Seattle Weekly

"The record is stunning in its simplicity and gorgeous vocals." - Oklahoma Lefty

"...a fine collection of delicate, confident tracks." - Neon Filler

“The Starlings vocal harmonies, acoustic goodness and sweet blend of folk and country set the stage for the band's storied original songwriting and the compelling presence of vocalist Joy Mills.” -KEXP.org

credits

released April 15, 2012

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
Recorded and mixed at Egg Studios with Conrad Uno
Mastered by Rick Fisher, RFI CD/Mastering
Watercolor "Belize" by Tracy Lang (tracylang.net)
Design and layout by Pebbles Willekes

All songs © ℗ 2012 by Joy Mills (BMI)

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

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)
... more

contact / help

Contact Joy Mills Band

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Joy Mills Band, you may also like: