After more than a decade apart, folk-rock group Burlap to Cashmere has returned to the studio to create their new self-titled album. The album has a lot to offer its audience from beginning to end. It starts off with the dreamy beginning lines of “Don’t Forget To Write,” which breaks into a Mediterranean-style song about love and life. This first song sets the tone for the rest of the album, giving a preview of the themes and varied style that are ahead.
The album is full of earthy themes and messages of the power of love. They are emphasized by singer/songwriter Steven Delopoulos’ soothing voice and beautiful harmonies. His words take the audience on the adventure of life, while filling their minds with images of the beauty of love, nature, and humanity.
The rich, natural sounds of the acoustic instruments are the perfect accompaniment to the life-inspired lyrics created by Delopoulos. While the album is firmly rooted in classic folk, this is just one of a variety of sounds that Burlap to Cashmere brings to the table. There’s also “Build a Wall,” which offers a western feel, as well as “Santorini,” which adds a Latin flavor. The opening track is just one of several that make you feel as though you’re on an adventure at sea. Each sound is blended seamlessly by the musicians who take each style and make it their own.
The album is composed of a lot of mellow tunes, though they’re not at all boring. There’s also a funky driving beat that makes you want to get up and dance along. The band has no problem moving effortlessly between the two styles. The more mellow tracks, such as “Tonight” capture you with haunting lyrics, while bouncy tunes such as “Live in a Van,” get you tapping your foot and bobbing your head.
Burlap to Cashmere’s time apart has in no way hindered their sound. Their new album showcases their varied talents as musician, and proves that they are masters of their domain. It’s sure to please old fans, and gain them some new ones as well. You can pick up their new self titled album on iTunes , their website or any major music store.
Ashley Musgrav: Columbus Wired