Monday, April 2, 2012

World Blanket polishes unfinished Syd Barrett demo “Let’s Split” for exclusive Cover Me premiere.

New album “2012” out tomorrow, Record release show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge tomorrow night.


Mike Pomranz of World Blanket. Photo by Gabriela Herman.



Check out World Blanket’s reworking of the Syd Barrett track “Let’s Split”.


“…part Bob Dylan, part New York trashy rock n’ roll…” – WXPN, Philadelphia like that on 2012 will continue to hold up for generations to come. – This Is Books Music

Brooklyn’s Mike Pomranz, performing with a rotating group of band mates as World Blanket, has premiered a cover, or as the site terms it, a “polishing” of the Syd Barrett song “Let’s Split” via the popular cover songs website Cover Me.  The post can be seen here:

“I’ve always been inspired to cover this song, not just because it’s one of my favorite Barrett tunes, but also because it’s completely unfinished,” says Pomranz. “It’s a single-take demo where he literally stops in the middle of the song, says, ‘Oh no,’ and then fumbles before finding his place.  It’s one of the purest examples of capturing an artist’s descent into madness on tape, but it’s also a catchy little tune.” Pomranz continues, saying, “In my 20s I wrote a song called ‘Syd Barrett’s Soul.’  The first line was ‘Syd Barrett’s soul rests on my mind.’ And it does rest on my mind, because, in a lot of ways, I wonder about my own soul too.”

Pomranz recorded his take on the Barrett track in late March and the timing was fortuitous. “My good friend Andrew Bulbrook, violinist for The Calder Quartet, happened to be crashing at my apartment, so it was a perfect coincidence that he was here to lay down the violin tracks.”

The Calder Quartet also appears on the new World Blanket album 2012 which will be released by Pomranz’s own No Applause label tomorrow, April 3rd. Tomorrow evening, World Blanket will perform an early show at The Mercury Lounge in NYC to celebrate the album’s release.  More details here:

In addition to Pomranz and The Calder Quartet, 2012 features Katherine Fong, a Julliard trained member of the Metropolitan Orchestra (she has also worked with everyone from John Mayer to Tony Bennett), bassist Dean Moore (formerly of Jive Records band Dirty Blonde) and drummer Jonathan Flax (also with Freedy Johnston).

2012 was recorded by Pete Min, the man behind the boards for the hit debut album by The Airborne Toxic Event. Also featured is the Calder Quartet which has previously contributed strings to The National, Vampire Weekend, Andrew WK, and many others. 2012 by World Blanket will be released on the band’s own No Applause Records label on April 3rd, 2012.  Mike Pomranz of World Blanket is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


World Blanket
(No Applause – April 3rd, 2012)

Track Listing:

01. The Holiday Song (For No Holiday in Particular)
02. The Greatest Trainwreck
03. And Here We Are (Again Maybe) (STREAM | MP3)
04. The Blues
05. Snooze Bar
06. Time Was
07. 2012 (Side B)


World Blanket Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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