Chicago’s Laura Joy debuts new album and music video
Laura Joy

Picture this scenario: You’re a singer, songwriter whose getting ready to release your next album after months of recording, writing and producing. What do you do? If you’re Chicago-based singer and songwriter Laura Joy, then you have a release party to celebrate the debut of your upcoming album, Between Our Words.

The release party will be held March 5 at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago) and kicks off at 9 p.m. Chicago-based indie rock musician Will Phalen is also scheduled to perform. Tickets start at $8 and you must be 21 and up. Details regarding the release party were announced in a press release and posted on Joy’s website and official Facebook page.

The five-track EP will be released next week and is available for pre-order as a CD and digital download. Between Our Words is the follow-up to Joy’s album What I Know, released in 2011. In an interview with Eric Schelkopf of the website The Total Scene and posted Feb. 15, Joy explained she wanted Between Our Words to have sound that is “a little more ‘plugged in’” than her previous album. The upcoming album also has Phalen on bass, guitarist Dave Gallagher and Jamie Gallagher on drums.

Joy also released the music video for her song “Takes A While” earlier this month. The music video was posted on Joy’s YouTube channel on Feb. 12 and clocks in at just over three minutes. The song has a no-frills performance that is both elegant and fun. “Takes A While” is also from Joy’s upcoming album.

The singer, songwriter and guitarist has several shows on the calendar this spring, including a performance as part of The Hideout’s famed Get Off The Couch Presents on April 19 at 7 p.m. A house concert on April 24 is also on the schedule. For a full list of Joy’s upcoming shows, take a look at her website. She also performs throughout the Chicago area and at festivals around the country. (And for something completely different, take a look at Joy’s “Call Me Ishmael,” a parody of Carly Rae Jepsen’s monster hit “Call Me Maybe.”)

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