Compared to the candy floss drifts of its predecessor, Mana is more immediate. The music still floats—the title track is especially dreamy—but there are sharper crescendos and noisier elements hidden within the clouds. Take the intense "Cross," which feels like it's about to burst. Or the shimmery pop pulses of "Aures," which pack a lovely punch. It's reminiscent of Loke Rahbek and his Croatian Amor project, which can be extremely luscious or sweet. Ligovskoï pushes emotions to the edge.
Mana's remixes are strong and varied. DEMENT3D cofounder HBT turns in a beautifully gnarled version of "Cross," while Polar Inertia serve up one more of their vast tundras. Respectively, they're the most experimental and functional remixes of the lot. But this time they're superfluous—Ligovskoï's originals are a hearty listen on their own.