Mank is an ambient project by North Wales based musician Ben Powell. For “Isbjorn”, his eight release, Ben spend five weeks on a polar research ship in September and October 2007 to collect oceanographic data.
The 70+ minutes of instrumental, highly cinematic music is fully computer based, nicely reflecting the bleakness of the spacious and cold environment, carrying on in a slow, overall tranquil, atmospheric, soundscape and drone-based manner.
There’s a beautiful sense of space sparkling between the notes, lending the outcome an extra edge, next to an occasional beat or percussion and some gentle Eno-esque piano.
This nicely rendered, Arctic inspired mood music is available as free download on Ben’s website. It’s especially recommended to listen and experience its magic with headphones.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Mank artist page