New album released today – Awen (a Welsh word for “poetic inspiration”) sees Ben Powell return to his roots for the 10th release under the Mank moniker. The album is inspired by characters from the Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh folk tales recording memories of ancient Celtic mythology. Recorded on a laptop the tracks combine field recordings with virtual and real instruments whilst demonstrating Ben’s inventive composition style (for example, “Blodeuwedd” was composed using tidal current data from the Menai Straits, “Cyhreath” contains a field recording of an ice breaker crashing through ice at the north pole).
Llyn Y Cwn (Welsh – lake of the dogs) is a small lake at 715m, nestled between Glyder Fach and Y Garn in the Glyder mountain range of Snowdoina, North Wales.
Llyn Y Cwn is a dark ambient project by Ben Powell (mank). The two EP’s were released only in digital format in 2009 – part 1 in March and part 2 in November. The EP’s try to emulate the type of environment encountered at Llyn Y Cwn, harsh and desolate but at the same time beautiful. They feature environmental field recordings from the mountains of north wales and from an ice breaker ploughing through ice at the north pole. The music is intended to be played as the listener is going to sleep
Mank – Ambergris
3″ CDR NAA004 on Nothing At All Records (now defunct)
Long time in the works but this is a stunner. 5 tracks of darkly uplifting ambience from Mank (aka Ben Powell) all composed recorded and mastered on a boat somewhere in the Arctic Circle. This wonderful EP was limited to a quantity of 100 copies. 3″ CDR packaged in a stunning three fold oversized cardstock case with beautiful artwork and lettering courtesy of Mikal Dyas. All housed in a semi-trasparent vellum slipcase.