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Burlap To Cashmere, formed by Greek folksingers (John Philippidis and
are a New York band that plays folk-rock infected with
ethnic accents and influenced by 1970s singer songwriters.
The intents of Anybody Out There? (A&M, 1998) are ambitious: arrangements
with multiple instruments, flamenco and afrocuban rhythms, Greek folk and
pop-soul melodies. But the result is quiet trivial, whether it's the
atmospheric dance-pop of Eileen's Song or the melodramatic saltarello of
Divorce and Scenes.
The two songwriters have not found a voice, but they get close with
songs like Digee Dime, Ancient Man and
Anybody Out There that recall
Paul Simon (melodies) and Cat Stevens (rhythms).
For an album that aims at being very original, it sounds strikingly