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Album review: 'Mostly Blankets'

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Candy Isle

"Mostly Blankets"

Self-released

candyisle.bandcamp.com

This is an awesome album of deceptive simplicity. Candy Isle is a dynamic duo made up of Kat Bakrania and Lydia Dake — and not much else. This, their first EP, sparkles like a pristine smile with a dusting of harmonious quirk. Assorted instruments are sprinkled about so sparsely that the Bakrania and Dake twosome sounds virtually a cappella.

"Mostly Blankets" is an original treatment of a handful of covers — hence the title — and some of their own compositions that all together put forth an angelic innocence with a touch of humor. The ladies give the minimalist treatment to songs by artists like Fleet Foxes, Jamaican Queens, and Eddie Vedder. It's lighthearted and fun, and reminds me of Julia Nunes' post-YouTube stuff. You'll dig it, too.

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