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"Vancouver’s Mythos was formed by Bob D’Eith (piano) and Paul Schmidt (guitar) in the mid-1990s to make music that was predominantly instrumental using guest singers to do vocalizations rather than perform lyrics. Among those who have worked with the band is Jasmin Parkin of Mother Mother.

At the time, their music was described as New Age, although it also could be considered adult instrumental as well, with similarities to Enigma and others.

The band was nominated in the Juno Awards’ Instrumental Artist of the Year category in 1998 and enjoyed considerable success with its albums entering the Billboard New Age charts. The group’s last release was 2013’s Journey.

Eros marks the group’s return. Here are five things to know about it:

1 — Stripped-down: With only vocalist Jennifer Scott and bassist Rene Worst guesting, this is really a showcase for D’Eith and Schmidt to layer and build their duo sound. This results in a less-is-more approach on tracks such as Catana, where Schmidt’s guitar rises to the fore throughout the tune.

2 — Synths are your friend: Always a group that liked to layer on the synthesizer patches, it sounds like D’Eith has picked up some nifty new gear since the last recording as, right from the opening tune Kawakari, there is quite a variety of sounds coming at you.

3 — Production values: 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.

4 — Professional lives: Both members of Mythos took time off to pursue non-musical ventures. D’Eith became a music lawyer and was the executive director of Music B.C. for a number of years. Schmidt studied at the London School of Economics and then took up a position at a university in South Korea. This explains why it took five years to come up with Eros.

5 — Allure: Hands down my preferred track on Eros is track 4, titled Allure. The pulsating synth line that runs underneath almost the whole track has elements of Jean Michel Jarre’s work and there is a cool, neo-flamenco touch to the guitar parts…"

Updated: August 10, 2018

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