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” will be released to a patient and loyal fan base.
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
“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