FAME Review: Mythos - Surround Sound Evolution
Mythos - Surround Sound Evolution

Surround Sound Evolution


Sireena Records - Sireena 2109

Available from Amazon.com.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

There are two Mythos bands. This is the original, founded by Stephan Kaske, and the acidheads among us will fondly remember the band's debut slab, Mythos (1972), and its Encyclopedia Terrae - Pts. 1 & 2, a sweeping saga that entranced many a stoned listener in the early 70s. One could choose either to go to Pink Floyd's primeval swamps in Echoes (Meddle) or the far distant future in Mythos' apocalyptic Encyclopedia. After that release came Dreamlab and others, but many of us lost track of the band after the 70s, myself included. This, then, comes as a rather pleasant surprise and a definite evolution in the group's sound…although 'group' is now the wrong term, as Mythos has become a one-man band in Kaske alone, in studio and in concert.

Shove aside the doggerelly translated English liner notes, and just gaze at the way cool futuristic environment and equipment set-up in the photos; they'll give the best premonitory expectation. What erupts, then, as the disc slides into the player, is a highly electronicized celestial playground reminiscent of debut Cybotron, earliest Neuronium, Kraftwerk, and Roedelius/Eno as perhaps orchestrated by Cyrille Verdeaux with elements of Brainticket compositionaly, as well as a wee bit of Zygoat (and if you know of that Burt Alcantara LP, then consider yourself a dyed-in-the-wool prog esotericist) and God only knows what else, space music and then some.

Surround Sound Evolution will be a cerebro-stimulant narcotic for the headphone/mind-trip aficionados, especially for its completely otherworldly pyrotechnics, fully synthesized, feet and body long ago adrift from the ground, now somewhere in the vicinity of Procyon. As it runs well over 70 minutes, don't expect to be coming back to Earth any time soon. The blend of New Age with hard-core electronic prog is highly interesting, as it goes in directions the later Tangerine Dreamers and Michael Hoenig never even thought of. Vangelis is about the only one who could've come up with portions of Surround (especially Perpetuum Mythos). Having caught Nektar, Brainticket, and Huw Lloyd-Langton (Hawkwind alumnus) up in Hollywood a while back, I would've loved to have seen Kaske/Mythos touring with them, woulda been the icing on the cake, expanding The Key Club on Sunset Blvd. into an Earthbound annex of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Track List:

  • Surround Sound Passion
  • Roots And Rocks
  • Mythosiaka
  • Heart Of The Action
  • Tinba Jttai
  • Perpetuum Mythos
  • Filter Sequence Wah Flute
  • Free Panda!, Pt. 1: Caged
  • Free Panda!, Pt. 2: The Liberation
  • Mytho Space
  • Zeitgeheimnis, Pt. 3: Das
  • Fukushima Sea (Live)

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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