Soundscape Artists "Smoke & Mirrors" Release Their Second CD "Deities," A Collection of Film Score Music Based on the Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

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Michael Ely and Spider Taylor, also known as soundscape artists "Smoke & Mirrors" and founders of the openly gay L.A. alternative band Red Wedding, are back with their sophomore release entitled "Deities," a two-disc, twenty-two track film score inspired musical feast based on the ancient and colorful gods and goddesses of the world's oldest religion, Hinduism.

After achieving newfound success with "The Perfume of Creosote: Desert Exotica Part One," their first CD as Smoke & Mirrors, Michael Ely and Spider Taylor, founders of the openly gay L.A. alternative band Red Wedding, are back with their sophomore release entitled "Deities."

"Deities" is a two-disc, twenty-two track musical feast inspired by the ancient and colorful deities of the world's oldest religion--Hinduism-- and consists of surreal, lush compositions brimming with powerful beats that set it apart from the usual ambient fare.

Imagine a landscape where alternative rock collides with ambient melodies and tribal rhythms, resulting in a collection of exotic, sensual, psychedelic and atmospheric soundscapes. Listeners are taken on a hypnotic and spiritual journey from creation to destruction, only to begin again in the never-ending circle of reincarnation. Punctuated by Ely's mystical strings and Taylor's passionate guitars, "Deities" is numinous and earthy, partnered with catchy percussions that keep one's head in the clouds and feet on the ground--most likely tapping to the beat.

"Deities" is dreamy, ethereal, sometimes explosive and always dramatic, and filled with the romance and spirituality of the Far East as interpreted by two Westerners steeped in modern rock and film score sensibilities. Godsend Online hails "Deities" as "spectacular, living, and vibrant sounds that uplift the spirits and open up whole new (and old) worlds", while Sonic Curiosity called it "a grand skyscape punctuated with glittering effects that conspire with engaging riffs to immerse the listener in an uptempo transcendental experience."

Once again, the multi-dimensional and addictive music of Smoke & Mirrors beckons the listener to enter a complex and layered world laced with beauty and mystery where nothing is quite what it seems, like a lotus blossom floating between the earth and the sky.

For more information, please contact

Dave Wade-Stein

Aural Fixation Records

2770 Arapahoe Rd. #132-120

Lafayette, CO 80026
fax: 810 222 1904 vox 720 936 7783


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