For her Trolldans release, Skirt has chosen an arresting cover by John Bauer depicting a shining princess dressed all in white, seemingly revered by four trolls struck by her beauty. But as the title of the EP tells, it’s a Mirage. When the music starts, you just know the trolls are done for. Because while there’s certainly light in this EP, it’s not a warm glow emanating from a sweet little princess. No, it’s a ghostly shiver of light emanating from a dark and forgotten place where no light ought to be found at all. Skirt creates visions of thick fog rising from insidious marshes; a mourning veil caught in a dead tree in a deserted graveyard; a massive dust-covered church organ playing for itself in a long crumbled chapel. But there’s a clear sense of pace and motion too: below the sweeping, eerie sounds there are beats of stuttering hearts and shaking bones triggering bodily movement. Lakker adds to this with their heavy, pulsating remix, and even brings some playfulness to the table before they too descends into complete darkness. This is a haunted record. A true Mirage.