One of the most often talked about challenges for any band is that of the second album. When the second album's predecessor has scooped a host of awards (including Album of the Year at 2011's Scots' Trad. Music Awards) and has heralded the band's explosion onto the Scottish music scene, the challenge becomes all the more formidable. This was the very challenge Mànran found themselves facing when the time came for the six-piece Scottish outfit to create a follow up to 2011's critically acclaimed eponymous debut album. After two years touring Scotland and establishing themselves in continental Europe, it has been a test the band has relished. With the natural evolution of the band's trademark "grown-up folk-rock" sound - through continual experimentation and performances on some of Europe's biggest festival stages - comes the challenge to try and recreate this edgier, grittier live-performance sound on the recording. This has been achieved with stunning effect by once more pulling together the "dream team" of engineer Stuart Hamilton and producer Phil Cunningham and fully exploring the more expansive, exciting reaches of Mànran's live performances and translating these raw, vigorous elements onto record. On top of this were the continual tests of combining the band's six distinct creative voices and maintaining a natural balance between traditional and contemporary materia l, all the while keeping the sound exciting, vital and unmistakably Mànran. This new album - aptly titled "The Test" - is the culmination of two years of meeting these challenges head-on and now, with an album that offers listeners the sensation of Mànran's electrifying live performances, fresh challenges and tests await.