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
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)