“Awen” (a Welsh word for “poetic inspiration”) was released on March 1st 2010, and sees Ben Powell (aka Mank) deliver another fine work of inspired ambient electronic music.
As Ben explains on his website, Mank’s 10th release was inspired by characters from the Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh folk tales recording memories of ancient Celtic mythology.
There’s a turn to a classical style on the following three tracks (of which I especially like the slightly anthem-like “Arianrhod”), which all feature a nice interplay of piano and warm strings pads while airing sedate atmospheres.
“Arawn” and “Cwn Annwn” return to the peculiar glitchy/rhythmic approach. The latter composition takes on a pleasant spacious shape as Mr Powell aptly mixes layers of textures over a minimal sequence.
“Awen” is available as a free download in both Flac and Mp3 format from the composer’s website.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Mank artist page