Mythos – Eternity

8 01 2009

11Mythos – Eternity
MP3 @ 256 Kbps | 51:16 min | 110 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Bob D’Eith and Paul Schmidt, better known as the Canadian duo Mythos, combine ethnic influences from Europe to Brazil to the Middle East in their return album Eternity. Using piano, Spanish guitar, trumpet, saxophone, and a variety of exceptional vocalists that combine lyric and wordless melodies, Eternity is an ethereal journey through time and space. Powerful and eclectic electronic beats set a backdrop for this incredible collection of 13 tracks.

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Mythos – Mythos

8 01 2009

1Mythos – Mythos
MP3 @ 256 Kbps | 1:03:55 min | 136 MB | 10% Recovery Record

It’s fair to think of Mythos as a pulp-free version of Deep Forest, Enigma, or Delerium, acts known to blend spirit-led grooves with spectral incantations while stirring up mystic-ambient potions. Canadians Paul Schmidt (guitar) and Bob D’Eith (piano, keyboards) eschew most of the ambiguous, overt chanting favored by the aforementioned acts, preferring a smoother yet satisfying sound highlighted by Schmidt’s crystalline classical guitar, D’Eith’s mysterious, gently propulsive electronic atmospheres and judicious use of angelic female vocalese. This eponymous recording serves as the duo’s debut release for the Higher Octave label, though it includes nine tracks from an older, self-released production titled Introspection. While this 16-track disc begins to lose some creative steam in its late stages, the disc’s opening 5 tracks (particularly the seductive “November”) are reward enough for owning this recording. D’Eith’s shrewd use of shadowed textures and subtle grooves raises an intoxicating mist in your imagination, bringing to mind the sonic and thematic allure of I Robot by the Alan Parsons Project. Worth hearing.

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Mythos – The Reality Of A Dreamer

8 01 2009

the-reality-of-a-dreamerMythos – The Reality Of A Dreamer
MP3 | 256 Kbps | 43:47 min | 87.3 MB

It’s an attractive sound that Canadians Bob D’Eith (piano, keyboards) and Paul Schmidt (classical guitar) have cobbled together as Mythos, supplementing their largely pastel instrumentation with stylish, subdued grooves and airy female vocalese. The result is an uncomplicated yet appealing brand of pop instrumental music that lies somewhere east of trip-hop and west of crossover classical, and at its best occasionally brings to mind the quieter instrumental passages once heard from 10cc, OMD, or Simple Minds. Mythos’s sound (similar to Enigma, with less obtrusive vocal elements) is more New Age than pop-rock, and during a track such as “Vision I” the first image your mind’s eye might conjure up is a mirror ball. Yet the overall vibe D’Eith and Schmidt create is a worthwhile variation on the New Age theme–mostly instrumentals (plus a concluding vocal track) that are energized yet still relaxing–compositions with a pulse, a heart, and just a hint of mystery.

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Mythos – Purity

8 01 2009

mythos_purityMythos – Purity
MP3 @ 256 Kbps | 50:10 min | 78.7 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Over the past decade, Mythos has produced a series of best-selling recordings featuring their unique fusion of classical music, jazz, pop, electronic, ambient, and musical influences from around the world. Written and performed by pianist Bob D’Eith and guitarist Paul Schmidt, with contributions from some of Canada’s most outstanding musicians, the music Mythos makes is hauntingly beautiful and otherworldly. Purity is the Vancouver-based duo’s latest CD release, and it continues their unique musical fusion. Veteran jazz bassist Rene Worst teams up with worldbeat percussionist Pepe Danza to ground Mythos’s seductive melodies with sensuous, juicy rhythms. Another Vancouver-based jazz stalwart, vocalist Jennifer Scott, contributes ethereal, soaring vocals to the evocative mix, and violinist Cameron Wilson and cellist Finn Manniche add hypnotic string embellishment to this edition of the band’s singular sound. Mythos has sold over 100,000 recordings over the course of three previously released albums. Mythos, Reality of a Dreamer, and Eternity share a similar artistic focus with the recently released Purity. Each features Gil Bruvel’s surrealist, dream-like illustrations in the cover artwork, underlining the recordings’ singular sound and vision.

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