BIO & PRESS
"Eros" EP release
Piano and Keyboards: Bob D’Eith
Acoustic Guitar: Paul Schmidt
Our wonderful guest performers:
Vocals: Jennifer Scott
Bass: Rene Worst
All songs written by Bob D’Eith and Paul Schmidt
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Bob D’Eith
Mastered by Suite Sound Labs
Recorded at Adagio Studios, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Art Direction and Design: Pressing Media
Artwork: Gil Bruvel (under special license)
MYTHOS has been producing electro-acoustic instrumental music for over 20 years. “Eros” is Mythos’ latest offering, delivering five new tracks that will please both ardent fans and new listeners alike. Mythos is music without borders, creating timeless songs without words inspired by musical flavors from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and other exotic areas of the world. Mythos fuses classical, world, jazz, electronic, and dance genres to make a unique blend of music that feels both familiar and yet mysterious at the same time.
Special thanks to all of our Mythos fans who waited so patiently for new music and for supporting us for the past 20 years.
Bob would like to thank his family Kim, Sheldon, Braden, Cameron, Amy and Aryn and his parents John D’Eathe and Vanessa Tancock.
Paul would like to thank Joyce and Hal Schmidt and John D'Eathe for kick-starting this amazing project.
Bob and Paul would both like to thank Gil Bruvel for allowing us to use his genius artwork for our album covers and Creative BC for keeping this project going.
Supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia
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"Mythos always put a lot into its production as that is key in the New Age genre. The work that D’Eith put in on Eros is no different, and proves that Adagio Media/Studio in Maple Ridge clearly has some nice gear on hand."
Mythos can be described as ethereal, ambient instrumental music focusing on acoustic guitar, piano and vocal melodies. Added to this mix are hypnotic electronic beats, orchestral arrangements and world instrument flavors. Mythos has always had the goal of creating music without borders; creating a blend of sounds from all over the planet.
Mythos has had a very successful and colorful history. 20 years ago, Bob D’Eith (piano) and Paul Schmidt (guitar) decided to create some music with the idea of composing for film and television. As the partners worked together and brought in other performers, they realized that there was something special about the music. The music stood on its own. Mythos was born.
“Introspection” was the bands first independent release. With the unexpected commercial radio success of “November”, CDs sold in the thousands. That record won a West Coast Music Award and was nominated for a JUNO Award in 1997. The artist secured a number of television placements including the show “Due South”. The album was released in the USA on the boutique San Francisco label XDOT25.
The follow-up album release for “Iridescence,” was happily interrupted when XDOT25 was able to secure a deal for Mythos with Higher Octave/Virgin/EMI in Malibu, California. The addition of Gil Bruvel’s stunning artwork to a re-release of the best of the first two albums led to the release of “Mythos” in 1998. This record was a huge success, eventually selling over 50,000 CDs and charting on Billboard Magazine’s New Age chart for eight months.
Riding on the wave of Mythos’ success, Higher Octave went on to release “Reality of a Dreamer” (2000) and “Eternity” (2002), both of which charted in Billboard for months on end. One of the highlights was the featuring of Mythos music in the 2000 Victoria’s Secret runway show in Cannes, France. At the time, this was the largest streaming event ever seen on the internet. “Eternity” won a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Instrumental Artist in 2003.
With the explosion of downloading and the merger of major labels internationally, Mythos became independent again in 2005. This did not stop the artist who released “Purity” in 2006 on Pacific Music/Warner (Canada) and Alula (Allegro USA).
After more than 10 years making music together, Paul and Bob took a break in order to pursue careers. Bob has been working as a music lawyer and executive director of a non-profit music industry association (Music BC). After studying at London School of Economics, Paul took a position in Korea at a university.
In 2010, Bob decided that it was time to start working on new material. The first effort was to re-mix a favorite track that never made major label release. “Rain” was released as a single in that year.
Over the next two years, Bob and Paul worked on new material and in late 2012 were able to get together to record a new album. Joined by new guest artist Mother Mother’s Jasmin Parkin, “Journey” is an album that reflects both where Mythos has been and where it is going. On April 30 2013, Mythos “Journey” was released to a patient and loyal fan base.
Mythos is very proud to have released its latest offering "Eros" (release Aug 3, 2018).
1998 – Winner West Coast Music Award – Best Dance Album
1998 – Nominated for JUNO Award – Best Instrumental Artist
2003 – Winner of Western Canadian Music Award – Best Instrumental Artist
2004 – Nominated Canadian Music Award – Best Electronic Artist
Reviews for “Journey”
Alejandro Clavijo of ReviewsNewAge review of the Mythos Album – Journey:
“In Journey differentiate two styles, a turning point appears after the fifth album composition . The first four parts are interned in hard electronic genre , where solemn determinants synthesizers and percussion set the tempo tunes very striking , but not until “Inner Peace” where you can see the musical magnificence of Mythos . Journey is an amazing work , and pluralities nuanced music that will keep the listener engaged in a continuous enjoyment synths , guitars , keyboards, vocals and orchestra , a whole complex drawing and beautiful melodies . Certainly , Journey is a highly recommended album.”
Heathen Harvest review:
“I find this installment of the Mythos saga to have been well worth the wait. The dreams, poems, and enchantment found within speak of better days, a life best lived in the vast expanse of knowledge, and the fire of the dreamer within us all.” (Mike O’Brien)
“It’s well-made music, nicely constructed and effectively layered with a narrative sense. Each piece is its own full story. As I said, if your tastes run to romantic, genre-right New Age, I think this Journey is one you need to take.”
Ascentor Review July 2013
На самом деле все творчество канадских музыкантов Боба Д’Эита и Пола Шмидта в рамках из проекта «Journey» можно назвать путешествием – путешествием по миру снов и поэзии, ловля тонких, эфемерных образов, будоражащих воображение на границах далеких, запредельных миров, существующих в бесконечной вселенной Фантазии. Казалось, их совместное странствие по этим мирам завершилось в 2006 году, когда дорожки этих исполнителей разошлись в разные стороны, но уже в апреле 2013 года публике был представлен их новый альбом, название которого, в одной стороны, подводит итог всей их предыдущей работе, а с другой стороны, открывает массу новых возможностей и направлений, надо только не переставать мечтать.
Translation: In fact, all the work of Canadian musicians Bob D’Eith and Paul Schmidt in the framework of the project «Journey» can be called journey – a journey through the world of dreams and poetry , catching subtle , ephemeral images, most impressively on the borders of distant , transcendent worlds existing in the infinite Fantasy universe . It seemed that their joint journey through these worlds was completed in 2006 , when the tracks of these artists went their separate ways , but in April 2013, the audience was presented to the new album , the title of which, on the one hand , sums up the whole of their previous work, and On the other hand, opens up a host of new opportunities and directions , you just do not stop dreaming .
- 2013 – Hypnagogue, Heathen Harvest and Ascentor
- 2002 – Vancouver Province
- 2003 – Books 4 Geeks
- 2003 – Entry Magazine
- 2003 – Musical Discoveries
- 1999 – Vancouver Lifestyles
- 1999 – WestEnder
- 1998 – Vancouver Magazine
- Eternity – Debuted #14 on Billboard New Age chart
- Reality of a Dreamer – #6 on Billboard New Age Albums Chart (Spark/Higher Octave/Virgin)
- Mythos – #18 on Billboard New Age Albums Chart (Spark/Higher Octave/Virgin)
- "November" Top 10 radio Z95.3 Vancouver and charted nationally
- Marine Life
- Atlanta Olympic Games (NBC)
- Due South
- Straight Up
- MTV (Road Rules and Undressed)
- Victoria’s Secret Cannes 2000 – Fashion Show (8 million viewers)
- Pure Moods Vol 4 – Track #1!
- Billboard Top 200
- B.C. Aid CD for NYC fund
- Sacred Rituals Virgin Europe
- Due South 2 (Nettwerk Records)
- Escapes 2 (Warner Music Canada)
“Guitarist Paul Schmidt and Keyboardist Bob D’Eith compose instrumentals that pack quite an emotional wallop of melodic and rhythmic structuring. Instead of tonal ambiguities, the due fashion tight and potent romantic poems that draw as much upon flamenco themes as Enigma-style wordless soprano vocals. Incredibly gifted singer Jennifer Scott makes songs like
“November” and “Wind” fascinating to hear. Just when you think her crystalline voice cannot soar any longer, she switches tact and begins chanting in a tribal rhythm that perfectly counterpoints the duo’s gothic instrumentals. The synthesizer showcase “Angel’s Weep” is amazingly lovely, with Christine Duncan’s ethereal voice scaling to heavenly hights before the poignant acoustic guitar lead line resumes. If you enjoy Enigma, Deep Forest, Panagea, or Dadawa, don’t hesitate to get this wonderful album.”
- PJ Birosik – New Age Retailer
“Most impressive is how the album moves so smoothly through the differing styles. The first few songs are very lush and dark, the central songs influenced by Jennifer Scott’s vocals, and as it winds down the only sounds to be heard are Paul Schmidt’s classical guitar, barren and alone.”
- Miss Hell – Music Reviews, Music Reviews, Music Reviews.
“The shadows cast by the web of life fall under scrutiny in this collaboration by two of the Western world’s favorite instruments, guitar and piano. Aptly titled, this release could help clarify the meaning of “gothic” as a category. Pieces such as “Wind”, “November” and “Clockwork” touch on themes of the soul through the routine of a dutiful mind.”
- NAPRA Review
“Hard to describe yet easy to fall in love with. The combination of rhythm and space is a total success in utilizing hypnotic dance grooves that churn beneath elegant melodies, all instantly familiar sounding. … it keeps sounding better with each listen ..”
- Heartbeats Preview
“Mythos combines a variety of styles and tempos all of which are refreshingly original. Fans of Deep Forest and Enigma may find themselves really enjoying this one.”
- Hear’s Music World Music In Review
“Call it Delirious, call it Enigmatic, but Mythos’ ambient debut album, Introspection is more than background fluff. Although the album is predominantly derived from classical styles, Mythos draws on everything from jazz and flamenco to monkish chants to create a dense cross-section of melodies and rhythms. Unlike many other ambient albums that rely heavily on synthesized music, this one commands the listener’s attention because of its predominantly acoustic instrumentation.”
- Jennifer Van Evra – The Vancover Courier