cairns is an experimental folk act from missoula, montana that uses the mandolin as the centerpiece of their recordings. their latest release, 'version EP', is a concept album, a three song meditation on the childhood experience of handheld video games.
the music is sparse, mostly just mandolin and voice. occasional video game noises and weird vocal effects add a touch of psychedelia, but the minimalism adds to the personal nature of this song cycle.
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