Gift of Mithra marks a new direction for the solo music of drummer, composer, and vocalist Nick Podgurski. Probably best known for having played in the bands Yukon and Extra Life, Podgurski has also previously recorded solo releases under the name Feast of the Epiphany, putting out material that has reflected a similar influence of minimal, ambient and synthesizer music, as has this release under the newly coined moniker New Firmament released on his own label of the same name.
This debut album under that name presents a more focused and concise version of the more ambient territories previously explored in Podgurski’s music. Despite his multi-instrumental tendencies, Podgurski only plays synthesizer here, and the result is an album of spare music, both in its sonic palette and compositional material. While moments of harmonic richness are highly prevalent, the events move lethargically and without provoking any particular expectation about formal unfolding in time. Thus, the atmosphere of trance/meditation that is commonly associated with ambient music listening experiences is achieved. The delivery of the material is deliberate so that there is an intensity and emotional weight behind every change that occurs, however, there is a warmth of both the sonic quality of the recording and the manner in which each piece unfolds that makes this music easy to listen to. Highly recommended for those interested in a deep, yet unassuming listen.
Gift of Mithra by New Firmament