Melbourne rockers Covers impressed last year with the track “The Automation“, which touted an infectious mixture of fuzzy synths, punchy guitars, and whirring keys. A proper comparison then was as if Blonde Redhead’s laid-back rock/electronica hybrid merged with the tightly accessible indie-rock of Phoenix or The Strokes. It was a nice sound, to say the least. Now, it’s good to hear the band back at it with “North Star”, a fuzzier and more psychedelic gem that features spacey synth accompaniments and vibrant percussion, not unlike the arsenal of Tame Impala. On “North Star” spaced-out verses tiptoe toward an expansive chorus with playful synth leads and anthemic vocals. Covers just released “North Star” yesterday, so hopefully it’s a sign that a new release is on its way. These guys have a crisp, radio-ready sound that combines memorable atmospherics with more straightforward rock. I’m digging the tinge of space-rock they’ve added to their sound, as well.