Genre/Influences: Dark-Ambient, Soundscape, cinematographic.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Welshman Ben Powell is back with a new opus from his Llyn Y Cwn adventure. I think it’s important to remember that the name of the band is the Welch name for Lake Of Dogs, which is a lake in Wales. Ben Powell is inspired by the splendor and majesty of the Welsh nature and that’s precisely what you’ll find back in “Dinorwic”.
Content: Llyn Y Cwn moves on getting driven by what nature inspired him. And when you see the pictures of the artwork you can only, but admit this nature has something overwhelming. Field recordings have been recorded and next mixed with studio effects and noise waves. You get the feeling of becoming a little piece of this nature and its grandeur. But the sound atmospheres are still frightening, hiding some haunting passages.
+ + + : First there’s the name and the concept of the project. The titles of the work have been named after different areas of the quarry (where this work has been inspired by) and illustrated by great pictures in the artwork. It’s important to seize the impact of this nature and places, which directly inspired the artist. His music feels like being composed for a reign of darkness. It feels like an abyssal sensation, which says something about the visual strength of the album. Overwhelming sound waves often characterized by buzzing noises are leading the listener into a perpetual state of stupor. “Braich” is the absolute masterpiece of this sonic exploration.
– – – : Some passages are a little less monotonous, but mainly missing a climax.
Conclusion: The strength of nature is impressive. This sensation has been masterly transposed into a sonic experience, which will give you goosebumps.
Best songs: “Braich”, “Garrett”, “Allt Ddu”.