MYTHOS: Unabsteigbar! (2010)
Updated: Dec 21, 2020
“Ingenious and creative Mythos stretches the charms of his music up until the limits of psychedelic and metallic Krautrock”
1 Live in Bochum 8:03
2 Aloha Hawai 8:26
3 EM-Breakfast in Bochum 11:04
4 Unabsteigbar! 10:04
5 Mythos Analog 6:36
(CD-R/DDL 44:15) (V.F.)
(E-Rock, Psychedelic, Krautrock)
Recorded within the framework of the electronic breakfasts in the city of Bochum on December 16th, 2009 Mythos' UNABSTEIGBAR! is in the same vein, and even a little more audacious, like Gallery Concerts. It's a mini concert that is quite explosive for a breakfast.
A sinuous reverberation opens Live in Bochum. Hopping keys scroll in loops and are subdivided to create a series of chords which finds its harmony in a delicate minimalism echo. A synth line escapes from it, humming a melody triturated by slamming percussions, a vocoder, orchestral crashes and these infinite sequential loops which tumble on a synth of which twisted solos are countless. A heavy track, livened up by feverish sequences and audacious solos, opens the menu of this musical lunch where Stephan Kaske displays all of his complex creativity with master's hand. Because Mythos' music here isn't what we can describe as easy to imagine. It's a music rich in tones and rhythms of which the main rule is the duality of harmonies in front of a very heterogeneous musical contingent. Aloha Hawai is a good example. A pulsating sequence livens up a pace centered on a good bass line. This soft rhythm with the light sounds of xylophone is continuously watered of big sound serpentines and percussions with uneven flow, while the synth structures a robotic voice. Some weak arpeggios are dragging in a sound fauna filled of fragmented melodies. A very experimental title which seduces all the same with the multiplicity of sequences and sound effects. EM-Breakfast in Bochum is the piece de resistance on this EP. A very beautiful title with a hesitant rhythm which gradually takes on its most beautiful assets, which are constantly multiplying. A good structure where harmonies fuse from all sides on desynchronized sequences reminiscent of the pace of a drunken cat prowling in a rich musical universe on a minimalism and hypnotic movement. An excellent track! Unabsteigbar! follows with its synth-pop approach immerged in a psychedelic electronic universe. Halfway between Jean-Michel Jarre and Daft Punk, it swarms of a synthesized life in an eclectic universe, while maintaining its dance-floor beat. Mythos Analog ends UNABSTEIGBAR! with wonders. With a slow pulsation which progresses lazily in a musical world rich in heterogeneous tones where synth solos shape an at once strange and enchanting sound world. The more the track progresses and the more it forms itself of a sound wealth which doesn't stop charming, like these flittering wings which fly over and float everywhere over a sequence of which the heaviness doesn't affect its magnetism and which remind these old galleys where slaves used to row.
UNABSTEIGBAR! is a very good Mythos album. An ingenious and creative Mythos which always maintains its balance between traditional EM, synth-pop and the psychedelic approach as much attractive as intriguing. A bit less accessible than Gallery Concerts, due to its very audacious arrangements, this album will know how to charm the Mythos fans and those who like an EM which stretches its charms until the limits of psychedelic and metallic Krautrock.
Sylvain Lupari (17/10/11) ***½**
Available at MellowJet Records