Eddy Lee Ryder takes direct aim at a cheating ex of a friend. “Smoke and Mirrors” trots through a musical whirlwind. “Blowing smoke, baby / It’s all I do daily / It’s all just smoke and mirrors / But I got you,” sings Ryder, puffing up a bluesy funnel cloud. The lyrical torpedo zips across foot-stompin’ percussion and a guitar line that evokes the classics 一 and it all detonates on impact. That’s the marker of a great song. It’s instant to the ears.
Listen to “Smoke and Mirrors” below.