Burlap to Cashmere is a Brooklyn-based trio (singer/guitarist/songwriter Steven Delopoulos, guitarist/singer/bassist/keyboardist/percussionist Johnny Philippidis, and drummer/percussionist Theodore Pagano) that performs modern folk-rock with a blend of Mediterranean and Greek rhythms, roots-y textures and gorgeous vocal harmonies (reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel a lot of the time).

Burlap to Cashmere is a Brooklyn-based trio (singer/guitarist/songwriter Steven Delopoulos, guitarist/singer/bassist/keyboardist/percussionist Johnny Philippidis, and drummer/percussionist Theodore Pagano) that performs modern folk-rock with a blend of Mediterranean and Greek rhythms, roots-y textures and gorgeous vocal harmonies (reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel a lot of the time).

Delopoulos and Philippidis are cousins and Pagano has been friends with both of them all their lives, and this close-knit relationship makes for a musical integrity that is palpable throughout the eleven tracks and 37-minute running time. Vocally, Delopoulos reminds me a lot of Paul Simon with Van Morrison overtones at times; musically, their primarily-acoustic presentation has a lot of worldly influences (like Flamenco guitar on “Orchestrated Love Song”) that calls Mumford & Sons to mind quite frequently. If you have fond memories of such acts as Cat Stevens, Simon & Garfunkel, and Van Morrison, I strongly recommend this brand new (released on July 19th) self-titled album.

There is a plethora of styles and sounds present here that are seamlessly melded together by the emotion and compassion of this trio’s musical abilities. I never heard their 1998 debut (“Anybody Out There?” which won a Dove Award, by the way) but I’m a solid fan of this 2011 modest masterpiece (released on Jive/Essential Records) … head to their website and give them a listen–you’ll be very glad you did.


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