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Mythos' self-titled album
Octave Music (USA) HOMCD
46572, 1998) is their first international release.
We agree completely with the notes provided on the
album's back cover: "Hauntingly powerful vocals
accentuate the warm acoustic centrepiece of Paul Schmidt's
guitar and Bob D'Eith's piano. The album's rich classical
melodies blend with African tribal rhythms and traditional
Oriental and Middle Eastern tones to create a sound that
is unique, otherworldly, and elegant. With over an hour
of music, this self-titled recording includes the best
of the previously released Introspection plus
seven new tracks." Mythos hails from Vancouver,
BC in Canada and have been popular there for several
years; this release will certainly broaden their
audience and widen the appeal of this masterwork.
Well written with tremendous time and care,
Mythos' music is classically centered, and is bright
and airy with catchy complex melodies of extraordinary
depth. The artists indeed combine extremely accurate
guitar playing with wonderful keyboards and lush
non-lyrical heavenly sensual female vocals provided
either by Jennifer Scott, Christine Duncan or Annette
Ducharme. The vocal work, in a word, is stunning.
Production quality of the album is first rate
throughout the recording with obvious effort applied
to create outstanding imaging. Overall the album
has much of a soundtrack quality although each of the
album's brilliant tracks work well on their own.
Clearly set in what some might call the New Age
/ World genre, their music will certainly appeal to
fans of Adiemus, Beautiful World, Enya and Era.
The label reckons the album fits into the Delerium,
Enigma, Deep Forest genre as well. A must listen.