By the sound of Burlap to Cashmere‘s first single from their upcoming album, “Build A Wall”, these guys have some demons to vanquish and spirits to summon. Sabre-rattling with haunted vocals and a powerful tribal rhythm suggest a long life of hard-learned lessons. Old soul survivors. “Don’t Forget To Write” starts out dreamy and then time-travels, strongly reminiscent of the warmth and lyrical gravitas of Simon and Garfunkel, but with an interesting musical twist of Mediterranean and Greek rhythms, a touch of flamenco, and exotic melodies.[audio:http://www.bostonsurvivalguide.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/BurlapToCashmere-Nehemiah_BuildAWall1.mp3|titles=Burlap to Cashmere – “Build A Wall”]
They started in the mid-90s with cousins John Philippidis and Steven Delopoulos on guitars and vocals, joined by drummer Theodore Pagano. In 1995, they performed regularly at New York City’s The Bitter End, and in 1998, released “Anybody Out There? on A&M Records. A road rage incident in Brooklyn in 2005 left Philippidis badly beaten, requiring an extended hospital stay and putting a reunion in doubt, though ultimately providing the inspiration for the band to reunite. This is their first album as Burlap to Cashmere since 1998, produced by Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney and Sheryl Crow), to be released July 19th on Jive Records.