By

Musical Collage: Little Strike soaks up influence in the sounds of her surroundings

Little Strike | photo by Natalie Piserchio | <a href="http://nataliepiserchio.com" target="_blank">nataliepiserchio.com</a>
Little Strike | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN | nataliepiserchio.com

When you’re first presented with the idea of electronic world folk music, it may be an odd concept to wrap your head around. But once you hear the music of Middle Eastern born, Philly-based singer and songwriter Little Strike, the genre makes a lot more sense.

Tamar Dart, the force behind Little Strike, has been popping up on concert bills over the past few years – last year included a performance Pub Webb and a set at Apiary Magazine Issue 9 launch party. Her sound mixes charming, unhurried guitar melodies, beats made from found sounds, and cutting, introspective lyrics that relate to themes of travel, and world strife.

“I sort of approach that (music) kind of how I approach my visual art – it is a collage,” said Dart. “The collage will change depending on what’s around.” Continue reading →

By

Explore a summer carnival with Little Strike in “Come Out Alright”

little strike
Little Strike | photo courtesy of the artist

The moments of inspiration behind Little Strike‘s art are usually global – time spent in Israel, a sojourn in Ecuador, or friendships made in China. But to film a new video for this year’s “Come Out Alright” single, Philly-based musician Tamar Dart traveled just 35 miles to Hammonton, NJ to capture the experience of the town’s annual summer carnival.

Continue reading →

By

Stream Little Strike’s enchanting new single “Come Out Alright”

little strike
Little Strike | photo courtesy of the artist

Little Strike doesn’t have a lot of recorded music online. Aside from 2014’s debut Forever Always Leaving EP, it’s just a Supergrass cover and a single released last year. That’s probably due to the fact that Tamar Dart is often on the road, gathering inspiration and playing shows, which makes the release of “Come Out Alright” pretty special.

Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: I Want To Know What Love Is at Boot and Saddle, Little Strike at Johnny Brenda’s, Truck North at The Fire, and more…

Walla Fest
Clique | photo by Sabrina Jacot

Love Is In The Air: Boot and Saddle is presenting “I Want To Know What Love Is,” a Valentine’s showcase featuring art from Jacqui Powell, Jordan Stiff, and Lauren McFadden and performances from many bands such as Clique and Woven In. For more info, go here. Continue reading →

By

Watch Little Strike perform “We’re In This Together” at SoFAR Philly

Little Strike @littlestrikemusic

A photo posted by Sofar Sounds Philadelphia (@sofarphilly) on

Philly musician Tamar Dart, aka Little Strike is traveling in Ecuador at the moment, but we just got a look at the SoFAR show she played back in July in Philly. Little Strike usually plays amid a tapestry of samplers and effects, but in this setting Dart just went with an acoustic guitar, her confident vocals and powerful lyrics for a poignant performance. Check it out below. Continue reading →

By

Watch Little Strike perform “Whose Side” for her Random Tea Session

from Little Strike's Random Tea Session
from Little Strike’s Random Tea Session

If you’ve ever met her, you know that Philly’s Tamar Dart – Little Strike – has an infectiously positive personality and a great outlook on life. I think it’s because she looks to see the world from not only her own perspective but also mine and yours and everybody’s; she gets that life is not binary and there are a lot of truths in our collective day-to-day. As I mentioned in Little Strike’s Key Studio Session, Dart has traveled a lot – perhaps this outlook comes from the travel, or perhaps the urge to travel is fueled by this outlook. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at The TLA, Little Strike at Bourbon and Branch, Cousin Brian at Boot and Saddle,

Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com
Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com

Philly hiphop favorite Chill Moody returns to the TLA stage tonight. Earlier this year, Chill released his latest album, TV Made Me Do Itfeaturing collabs with Jacqueline Constance, Boogieman Dela and more – plus a handful of skits cleverly dove up as commercial breaks. Check out “I Can’t Stay” featuring Jacqueline Constance and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

The Key Studio Sessions: Little Strike

Born in the Middle East, schooled in Miami, inspired in East Asia and settled in Philadelphia, Tamar Dart is nothing if not well-traveled. You can hear that worldliness reflected in her electronic pop project Little Strike. After a nomadic year spent exploring and producing video work in China, Nepal and Thailand, Dart began channeling her creativity into music. The resulting Forever Always Leaving EP not only has a title that could be a mission statement of the universal wanderer, it sounds like Dart pulled rhythms and melodies from different corners of the world and fused them into something altogether new. Soweto guitar stylings, bhangra rhythms, a dubstep sense of bass versus beats. Those references may be entirely different from what Dart is going for, mind you – it’s totally my read on a very nuanced and exciting blend. Continue reading →