Northern Light

Swedish sonic frontiersmen Covenant dish up their best disc yet with their ever-evolving brand of electronic body music.

Swedish sonic frontiersmen Covenant dish up their best disc yet with their ever-evolving brand of electronic body music. Too grim to be labeled "synth pop," this 11-track mix of techno cuts and delicious gloom tunes strikes at various neural counterpoints and hits every time. Stark and modulating images inhabit the synth lines and Eskil Simonsson's android voice as much as they do the lyrics, delivering a panoply of bleeding charcoal soundscapes for hungry brains. Arousing and enigmatically intoxicating, Northern Light is aural caviar for unfettered imaginations—at once perfect for the dance floor and UFO abductions. Welcome to the planetarium.—AZ