Little Strike is the alias of Israeli musician / producer Tamar Dart, based currently in Philadelphia. With roots in folk, electronic, and world music, the project feels like a collage of eclectic beats, playful guitars, and pointed vocals. The listener is encouraged to go on a nostalgic walkabout around the world with lyrics in English, Hebrew, Spanish, French & Wolof, reflecting Dart’s deep love of languages and her own personal mixed heritage.
Disillusioned by the politically charged environment of Israel, Dart and her family decided to relocate to Miami when she was 15. After graduating with a BFA in multimedia arts, Dart traded the US for East Asia, where she traveled and worked in China, Thailand, and Nepal for a year. For Dart this trip exposed dual realities: one of brutal poverty and human suffering, and the other of the astounding resilience of both people and nature. This inspired purpose in Dart and pushed her to pursue music as a means of giving voice to these dualities: to pain and pleasure, to life and death. In turn her lyrics often act as hopeful mantras co-existing alongside a painful reality.
With new determination she settled in Philadelphia in 2013 where she recorded and produced her first EP in her bedroom, called Forever Always Leaving. Her upcoming EP release, beyond things, will be available Nov 16th via Paxico Records. The new material explores a desire to feel connected to love beyond death in a fragmented society. The live show features vocals, sampler, guitar, loops, bass, & Koof Ibi Umoren on flugelhorn and loops.