Mythos (musical project)

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Mythos is a new age musical project started by Bob D'Eith and Paul Schmidt in 1996. Bob (piano) and Paul (guitar) collectively wrote, produced, and performed on the albums with the help of various session performers. The centerpiece of the Mythos sound rests on the acoustic guitar and piano, which are accented by guest vocalists. Synthesizers and performances in various other musical styles are regularly incorporated into the music.

History[edit]

Robert (Bob) D'Eith attended the University of Victoria in the 1980s, receiving both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from this institution. Before creating Mythos, he played keyboards in Rock band Rymes with Orange, and contributed to the scores of a number of film and television productions. Throughout his musical career, he also maintained a private legal practice in Entertainment Law, and currently holds the titles of President for Adagio Music (Mythos' label, formerly "Spark"), and Executive Director of Music BC.[1]

D'Eith and Schmidt formed Mythos in 1995. Mythos' initial releases, Introspection and Iridescence, were on D'Eith's Spark Records and were confined to the Canadian market. The success of these albums led to Mythos' distribution by the Higher Octave label, who first released an eponymous album containing mostly songs from prior releases. This release was commercially successful, peaking at 18 on the Billboard Top New Age Albums chart. Higher Octave went on to release two more studio albums by the group, both of which placed on the Billboard chart. Higher Octave has been restructured multiple times in the past few years by its parent labels, Narada and EMI. The most recent Mythos album, Purity, is being distributed by Pacific Music and Alula Records. In 2010, Mythos released Rain, a remixed version of Wind (from Introspection), in celebration of the group's 15 year anniversary.

Musical style[edit]

Critics have described Mythos as New Age, Ambient, Ethereal, and Film-Oriented, with influences from Jazz, Classical, Gospel-Soul, and various World styles. Many of their songs include vocalize performances, but few have lyrics. The music is multi-layered, incorporating synthesizers and a numerous acoustic instruments. Multiple guest artists and/or session musicians have contributed to each of Mythos' studio releases, most prominently husband and wife pair Rene Worst (bass) and Jennifer Scott (vocals).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Mythos was nominated for Juno Instrumental Artist of the Year award in 1998. Bob D'Eith was nominated for the Canadian Music Awards' Best Keyboardist of the Year in 1995. Individual albums have won and been nominated for various awards, as described in the Discography.

Discography[edit]

Introspection[edit]

Introspection
Studio album by Mythos
Released 1996
Genre New Age
Label Spark Records
Mythos chronology
Introspection Angels Weep
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Drop-D Magazine (favorable) [2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wind" - 4:00
  2. "November" - 4:58
  3. "Angels Weep" - 8:33
  4. "Paradox" - 4:42
  5. "Premonition" - 4:09
  6. "Cathedral" - 4:32
  7. "The Nile" - 4:01
  8. "Clockwork" - 4:45
  9. "Sirens" - 3:29
  10. "Prelude" - 2:36
  11. "Introspection" - 4:01
  12. "November [Remix]" - 5:32

Awards[edit]

Winner West Coast Music Award Best Dance Album

Performance Credits[edit]

  • Bob D'Eith: Piano, Keyboards
  • Paul Schmidt: Guitar
  • Christine Duncan: Vocals
  • Jennifer Scott: Vocals
  • Rene Worst: Bass

Angels Weep[edit]

Angels Weep
EP by Mythos
Released 1996
Recorded Camelot Studios, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Genre New Age
Length 18:18
Label Spark Records
Producer Bob D'Eith
Mythos chronology
Introspection Angels Weep Iridescence

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Angels Weep (Radio Edit)" - 3:42
  2. "Angels Dance (Remix)" - 3:33
  3. "November (Radio Edit)" - 3:15
  4. "November Dance (Remix Edit)" - 3:26
  5. "The Nile (Bonus Track)" - 4:00

Iridescence[edit]

Iridescence
Studio album by Mythos
Released 1997
Genre New Age
Length 48:10
Label Spark Records
Mythos chronology
Angels Weep Iridescence Mythos

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Loneliness" - 3:38
  2. "Sunless Sea" - 4:01
  3. "Iridescence" - 4:15
  4. "Planinata" - 3:28
  5. "Brazil" - 4:15
  6. "La Cathedral" - 1:59
  7. "Sacred River" - 3:05
  8. "Evolution" - 5:08
  9. "June" - 5:07
  10. "Motif" - 2:47
  11. "Danse Plantania" - 3:31
  12. "Sacred River [Remix]" - 3:01
  13. "Angels Dance" - 3:32

Performance Credits[edit]

  • Bob D'Eith: Piano, Keyboards
  • Paul Schmidt: Guitar
  • Annette Ducharme: Vocals
  • Christine Duncan: Vocals
  • Niko Quintal: Percussion
  • Jennifer Scott: Vocals
  • Rene Worst: Bass

Mythos[edit]

Mythos
Compilation album by Mythos
Released October 20, 1998
Recorded Camelot Studios, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Genre New Age
Length 1:03:44
Label Higher Octave
Producer Bob D'Eith
Mythos chronology
Iridescence Mythos Reality of a Dreamer
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
After Enigma (favorable)[3]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
Musical Discoveries (favorable) [5]

Background[edit]

This is Mythos' debut on the Higher Octave label, consisting mostly of previously released material. The liner notes claim this release includes "the best of the previously released album Introspection plus seven new tracks," but a number of the remaining songs were included on Iridescence. Only "The Odyssey" do not appear to have been released prior to this eponymous album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Brazil" - 4:17
  2. "June" - 5:01
  3. "Sunless Sea" - 3:59
  4. "November" - 4:57
  5. "Planinata" - 3:26
  6. "La Cathedral" - 2:03
  7. "The Odyssey" - 4:31
  8. "Angels Weep" - 5:36
  9. "The Nile" - 4:02
  10. "Motif" - 2:49
  11. "Sirens" - 3:31
  12. "Prelude" - 2:36
  13. "Introspection" - 4:01
  14. "Evolution" - 5:11
  15. "Premonition" - 2:58
  16. "Paradox" - 4:46

Charting[edit]

Year Chart Peak Position
1999 Billboard Top New Age Albums 18

The Reality of a Dreamer[edit]

The Reality of a Dreamer
Studio album by Mythos
Released April 25, 2000
Recorded Camelot Studios, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Genre New Age
Length 43:41
Label Higher Octave
Producer Bob D'Eith
Mythos chronology
Mythos Reality of a Dreamer Eternity
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
After Enigma (neutral)[3]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Musical Discoveries (favorable)[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Alchemy" - 4:38
  2. "Kaleidoscope" - 3:30
  3. "Venice" - 4:28
  4. "Vision I" - 3:22
  5. "Requiem" - 4:37
  6. "Solstice" - 4:06
  7. "Fantasy" - 3:24
  8. "Destiny" - 3:42
  9. "Reveries" - 1:28
  10. "The Ring" - 3:24
  11. "Redemption" - 3:33
  12. "Vision II" - 3:24

Awards[edit]

Nominated for the West Coast Music Award Best Electronic (Techno, House) Release

Charting[edit]

Year Chart Peak Position
2000 Billboard Top New Age Albums 6

Eternity[edit]

Eternity
Studio album by Mythos
Released August 27, 2002
Recorded Bakerstreet Studios, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Genre New Age
Label Higher Octave
Producer Bob D'Eith, Paul Schmidt
Mythos chronology
Reality of a Dreamer Eternity Purity
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
After Enigma (unfavorable)[3]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
Earth Rhythms 4.5/5 stars[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ascent" - 3:39
  2. "Unity" - 4:21
  3. "Del Mar" - 3:42
  4. "Turn to Grey" - 3:56
  5. "Alpha" - 2:48
  6. "Exodus" - 4:39
  7. "Leyenda" - 1:51
  8. "Kyrie" - 4:35
  9. "Dreams of Jade" - 5:28
  10. "Paradise" - 3:46
  11. "Orca" - 5:48
  12. "Sixth Sense" - 2:35
  13. "Freedom" - 4:02

Awards[edit]

This album won Western Canadian Music Award for "Best Instrumental Album" in 2003[10]

Charting[edit]

Year Chart Peak Position
2002 Billboard Top New Age Albums 14

Purity[edit]

Purity
Studio album by Mythos
Released November 14, 2006
Recorded Camelot Studios, Maple Ridge, BC and MX Solutions, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Genre New Age
Label Pacific Music
Producer Bob D'Eith
Mythos chronology
Eternity Purity
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
After Enigma (favorable)[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Purity" - 4:34
  2. "Surrender" - 5:51
  3. "Alten Mara" - 3:18
  4. "Andalucia" - 4:03
  5. "Icarus" - 4:38
  6. "Adagio" - 2:35
  7. "Mizo's Gift" - 5:13
  8. "Deus Ex Machina" - 5:46
  9. "Dream" - 4:53
  10. "Mystique" - 3:51
  11. "Triste" - 5:23

Performance Credits[edit]

  • Bob D'Eith: Piano and Keyboards
  • Paul Schmidt: Acoustic Guitar
  • Jennifer Scott: Vocals
  • Rene Worst: Bass
  • Pepe Danza: Additional Percussion, Ethnic Flutes, and Stringed Instruments
  • Cameron Wilson: Violin
  • Finn Maniche: Cello

Singles[edit]

  • "November Dance"
  • "Danse Planinata"
  • "Kaleidoscope"
  • "Angels Dance"
  • "Ascent"
  • "Rain"


Journey[edit]

Journey
Studio album by Mythos
Released April 30, 2013
Recorded Camelot Studios, Maple Ridge, BC
Genre New Age, Electronic, Ambient
Label Adagio Music Inc.
Producer Bob D'Eith
Mythos chronology
Purity Journey
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
After Enigma (favorable)[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Journey" - 4:38
  2. "Spiritus" - 4:47
  3. "Escape Velocity" - 5:46
  4. "Tokyo" - 5:12
  5. "Inner Peace" - 3:01
  6. "April" - 2:43
  7. "Novaya Zemlya" - 4:02
  8. "Nepal" - 3:40
  9. "Duet" - 4:34
  10. "Nocturnal" - 1:38
  11. "Impressionism" - 3:48

Performance Credits[edit]

  • Bob D'Eith: Piano and Keyboards
  • Paul Schmidt: Acoustic Guitar
  • Jasmin Parkin: Vocals

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Music BC". Music BC. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Drop-D Magazine review
  3. ^ a b c d e Smootz, Derek. "Review: Purity". After Enigma. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Shulte, Tom. "Review: Mythos". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Musical Discoveries review
  6. ^ Widran, Jonathan. "Review: Reality of a Dreamer". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Review of Reality of a Dreamer". Musical Discoveries. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Overview: Mythos". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Soup. "Review: Eternity". Earth Rhthms. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Eternity Awarded Best Instrumental Album". Earth Rhythms. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 

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