Springing from her Americana side projects Risky Liver and The Starlings--along with a gig singing back-up vocals on Zoe Muth's Starlight Hotel--comes alt-country singer-songwriter Joy Mills first solo release. Recorded and mixed by Conrad Uno (Fastbacks, Mudhoney, Sonic Youth) along with the Artist Support Program at Jack Straw Productions, 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. Lovely ballads like "Bound To Find You" and honky-tonking numbers like "Best Show In Town" round out the offerings and make Trick of the Eye a fitting listen for fans of Pacific Northwest alt-country from Muth to Neko Case.
Joy Mills plays Conor Byrne this Friday (5/18) as part of KEXP's Hood-to-Hood Challenge, along with Ghosts I've Met and Tiny Messengers.