After a hiatus of over ten years, Burlap to Cashmere is back with its second album that was very much worth the wait. The Brooklyn based folk/rock band consisting of cousins John Philippidis, Steven Delopoulos and drummer Theodore Pagano brings forth a refreshing sound that is reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens. The band released their first album Anybody Out There? back in the 90‘s and shortly after they gained a cult like following. The success and non-stop touring of their first album left Burlap to Cashmere wanting a break, which led to the band deciding to take a hiatus.
After band member John Philippidi had a near death experience from a road rage incident, the group came together again. “There’s something about family and people you’ve known forever that makes the chemistry happen,” Steven Delopoulos says. “There’s a sense of honesty and trust. That’s Burlap to Cashmere.”
On July 15, 2011, the group released their second album appropriately titled Burlap to Cashmere. Their soulful single, “The Other Country” talks about life beyond what we know of this world.
“I had a family member before they passed away they were sort of in and out of consciousness. One of the words he said was, ‘I see the other country,’” says Steven. “I thought a lot about that and dwelled on it, there is so much that you can say about someone’s last words being ‘I see the other country’ because it’s very inspiring. There’s a lot of hope in it! It’s definitely talking about life, and to not be afraid of life, in hopes that there is another country.”
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