"Humor, harmony and humanity illuminate the vivacious hook-driven artistry of Tamar Haviv. On her debut full-length release, You and Me Without Pajamas, the New York-based singer/songwriter offers up wry observations adorned with band, bells, and the occasional wash of strings. Whether coaxing echoes of a carnival boardwalk on “Ridiculously Beautiful” or pondering the impossibilities of attraction on “Orange,” Haviv delivers a left of center lyricism in a voice of endearing intimacy and fearless authenticity."
- Dan Kimpel, Music Connection Magazine
"Sunny and lush and cheerful and glockenspieltastic!"
SPIN, Senior Editor
"Tamar Haviv is going places!"
American Songwriter Magazine
Amy Ray, Indigo Girls
Tamar Haviv’s energy is contagious. Her full-length debut, You and Me Without Pajamas, embodies heartfelt ballads, fun pop tunes and tales of love and longing we all can relate to.
“Music just lives its own life; it just breathes with its own breath and can get through anything. It's beautiful. It's blind,” Tamar admits.
Tamar gave herself permission on You and Me Without Pajamas to write simple and, at times quirky, songs.
“It’s almost like expressing clearly very primal desires. Simply saying ‘I like you,’ unpacking that thought from all the poetry around it, it’s keeping it in its purist form,” she says.
Tamar has been writing songs for as long as she can remember. In fact, she says the most consistent thing in her life has been music.
“I remember writing songs in my bed singing under the covers and trying not to be heard, not to wake anyone up or get in trouble.” she says. “I sang the first song I ever wrote at the fifth grade talent show.”
And she’s been singing ever since.
After she garnered a spot as a finalist at Lilith Fair, Tamar began to take music more seriously. Shortly after, she received her degree from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in the U.K. founded by Sir Paul McCartney. It was here where she fully immersed herself in a community with other musicians. “The school worked really well as A&R actually. I knew I was surrounded daily by some of the most creative and talented people in the world and I just felt really lucky to have snuck in through the back door,” she laughs. During her final semester in England, she dreamt of a music studio in Woodstock, New York. Soon after graduation, she moved to Woodstock and got a job at that very music studio.
It was here that she focused more on her songwriting and guitar, dove into production ideas and met some of the musicians featured on her album including Jerry Marotta (Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Indigo Girls), Sara Lee (The B-52’s, Ani DiFranco) Kevin Salem (Rachael Yamagata, Mandy Moore).
Tamar has lived a nomadic lifestyle and often leads with her intuition. As a result, her dreams have helped guide her on her path – bringing her both melodies and direction. A massage therapist by day, songs often come at inopportune times but she always figures a way to write them down.
You and Me Without Pajamas blends Tamar’s lively demeanor with her more sensitive side. Tracks like “Pining” impress with sweeping piano and whispered vocals while the playful “Girls Away from Girls” even had Paul McCartney singing along. Dubbing You and Me Without Pajamas a “Terrific debut!,” the former Beatle isn’t the only one impressed with Tamar’s music.
A major influence on Tamar, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls praises her music as well, calling her release “Excellent.”
“Both Amy Ray’s music and intentions have taught me loads. Her voice just carries me,” Tamar says. “She is a strong person and takes a stand behind important political & human rights movements.Through my experience as her audience member I’ve also come to realize how much of a mentor an artist can be and when their intentions are for the betterment of all. It’s a true gift.”
Tamar hopes to connect with her fans the same way Amy has done with her. “I’ve survived because of the work of other artists. I would love my music to be a blanket for people on a hard night,” she says. “I would love to be able to be in people’s lives that way and for my work to be able to comfort.”
With 12 standout tracks on her debut album, Tamar Haviv is well on her way.
Tamar's new record isn't even out yet, but her songs can already be heard in both a National Ad Campaign and a Feature Film! You and Me Without Pajamas is set to release on July 29th, 2014.
By Annie Reuter