The Reality of a Dreamer

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Ambient yet groove-oriented, ethereal yet grounded with irresistible dance beats, the music of the Canadian duo Mythos offers a perfectly textured balance between modern electronic sounds and ancient flavors that ring timeless. Blending sounds that are purely human and organic soaring vocals, piano, and guitar with foundations and atmospheres strictly from the age of the synthesizer, Bob D'Eith and Paul Schmidt achieved international acclaim with their self-titled 1998 Higher Octave debut, which Chart Magazine called "otherworldly." Mythos' latest recording, the similarly provocative Reality of a Dreamer, shifts focus from the globetrotting tendencies of the first album...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Ambient yet groove-oriented, ethereal yet grounded with irresistible dance beats, the music of the Canadian duo Mythos offers a perfectly textured balance between modern electronic sounds and ancient flavors that ring timeless. Blending sounds that are purely human and organic soaring vocals, piano, and guitar with foundations and atmospheres strictly from the age of the synthesizer, Bob D'Eith and Paul Schmidt achieved international acclaim with their self-titled 1998 Higher Octave debut, which Chart Magazine called "otherworldly." Mythos' latest recording, the similarly provocative Reality of a Dreamer, shifts focus from the globetrotting tendencies of the first album and to a more Western leaning combination of classical, jazz, and pop influences. Producer D'Eith and guitarist/assistant producer Schmidt added the human element to Mythos' sound with the primarily wordless vocals of accomplished jazz and classical performers Christine Duncan and Jennifer Scott who also appeared on Mythos' debut, and the alternating thundering and subtle basslines of Rene Worst. Each track has a one word thematic title -- "Alchemy," "Kaleidoscope," "Venice," "Reveries" -- which captures the feeling of the songs themselves. "Vision II" presents a first for Mythos, taking the throbbing instrumental track to "Vision I" and putting actual lyrics as opposed to wordless vocals to it. The lyrics were inspired by the duo's experiences filming the video "Platinata" in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula for their last album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2000
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • UPC: 724384908720
  • Catalog Number: 49087

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alchemy (4:39)
  2. 2 Kaleidoscope (3:31)
  3. 3 Venice (4:28)
  4. 4 Vision 1 (3:22)
  5. 5 Requiem (4:37)
  6. 6 Solstice (4:07)
  7. 7 Fantasy (3:24)
  8. 8 Destiny (3:43)
  9. 9 Reveries (1:28)
  10. 10 The Ring (3:24)
  11. 11 Redemption (3:34)
  12. 12 Vision II (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mythos Primary Artist
Christine Duncan Vocals
Rene Worst Bass
Jennifer Scott Vocals
Paul Schmidt Guitar
Bob D'Eith Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Mark Hensley Engineer
Matt Marshall Producer
Bill Merryfield Art Direction
Craig Waddell Mastering
Paul Schmidt Programming, Producer
Bob D'Eith Programming, Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Elegant Music

    I am not much of a music guru but I know what I like and I like this album. I now have two of the Mythos Albums and I will be buying the third. The music is haunting, enchanting and reminds you of places and times when things were more peaceful and carefree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Way cool!

    A lush electronic soundscape, intriguingly reflective and enhanced by varied percussion and ethereal female vocalise. These compositions are perhaps richer and more penetrating than those on the group¿s previous release, self-titled Mythos, and they are more percussive as well, but the feel is similar. There is a European sensibility to this elegant, brooding and exotic music, reflecting times and venues as different as classical Venice and the modern Cirque du Soleil. Listening to Mythos¿ evocative and ever-changing music is a real treat--transporting and cathartic. It grabs your attention and pulls you in every time. I just love it! If you like Mythos, you might also enjoy the music of Monica Ramos on her album ¿Moai¿, and Kate Price¿s ¿The Isle of Dreaming¿.

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