Local electro-pop artist Little Strike recently released its first EP Forever Always Leaving. The solo project is the work of local Israeli artist, Tamar Dart, who previously made the trippy, spacey intro music for a local music competition show Alpha Artist. Dart recently played with Jonagold, Warped Forest, Original Sin and Honey Radar at A House Named Virtue.
Compared to her previous output, the Forever Always Leaving EP is a relaxed indie / pop affair. It was produced by Nick Barnes, who also produces The Underwater Sounds. At first, what stands out are the vocals, reminiscent of other indie pop singers like Zee Avi and Yuni. Then the catchy beats start to come into play, especially on the title track. As the music goes on, lyrics reveal raw emotion, particularly on the vulnerable “If You Want to Fight” where she sings “I know I wasn’t born from love.” Dart ends the set with a mellow surf-pop cover of Supergrass’s “Alright”.
The mood vacillates between bitterness of leaving and the sweetness of freedom. It’s delicate material, reflected in Dart’s intricate blend of electro-beats and lingering vocals. The album captures the melancholy of being young, especially with lyrics like
“I can’t forget/ How cruel the standing air can get/I dare you to make this night end in.” Overall, the album is well-crafted electronic pop music, very worth checking out. Listen to the title track from Forever Always Leaving below.
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