(13 May 2000) The second album from Mythos, a project led by
Bob D'Eith and Paul Schmidt, is entitled The Reality Of A
Dreamer (Higher Octave Music (USA) HOMCD 49807, 2000).
Their second album again "blends sounds that are purely organic
and human (soaring vocals, piano and guitar) with electronic
foundations and atmospheres from the synthesizer." Many of the
album's tracks would be equally comfortable in a major film
The debut album by Mythos debut album received critical acclaim
(review). The album is produced
by Bob D'Eith (piano and keyboard); co-writer Paul Schmidt also
plays guitars. Vocals are by the two extremely talented
vocalists Christine Duncan and Jennifer Scott and while dominated
by ethereal soaring vocalise, one track entitled "Vision II" is
actually the first by the Mythos to contain lyrics. A stunning
piano solo in the instrumental ballad "Fantasy" is especially
noteworthy. Similarly, the Spanish classical guitar within
"Reveries" is completely illustrative of Paul Schmidt's
capability and a lovely illustration of his talent.
Jennifer's numbers include "Requiem," "Solstice," "Destiny,"
"The Ring" and "Redemption" while Christine Duncan's include
"Venice" "Vision I" and "Vision II." Her singing is restricted
to layers of soprano vocalise and adds significant texture to the
world music inspired rhythmic tunes of varying tempos. The
epic "Solstice" is reminiscent of Enya's tunes in some places.
Her soaring ethereal vocalise in "Destiny" is awe inspiring
and perfectly compliments the instrumental arrangements.
"The Ring" is a lovely track that combines piano and guitar with
layers of Jennifer's soaring vocalise scales and numerous vocal
harmonies while "Redemption" mixes electronic instrumentation
with her powerful soaring voice. Christine Duncan's soulful
vocals contribute to the atmospheric sounds of "Venice" and are
illustrative of the vocalist's prowess, expansive range and
"Vision 1" is a dance-oriented instrumental number with
Christine Duncan on vocalise and is likely as comfortable on a
new age album as it would be on a dance CD. The stunning version
with lyrics entitled "Vision II" is also sung by Christine Duncan
and concludes the album. Her performance is sensual, evocative and
soulful. A video of the song is available in RealAudio at the Spark
You can read further reviews, listen to sound samples and order the
Mythos album The Reality Of A Dreamer from amazon.com
here. With a broad range of rhythmic worldly beats, stunning vocals
and their first number with lyrics, this new album by Mythos is stunning
in every respect. Worth a journey, it is a very nice listen!