Tamar Berk – “Permanent Vacation”


“Permanent Vacation” is a newly released track from California-based artist Tamar Berk, unveiling a climactic fervency that rises from acoustic-fronted confessions into expansive pop arrays of playful organs and radiant brass. The “permanent vacation with you,” refrain exudes a soaring, infectious allure reminiscent of The New Pornographers, with the lyrical focus enjoyably representative of the track’s inspiration — specifically, capturing the artist’s anxiety-filled but transformative trip to Costa Rica after the pandemic.

The single comes via Berk’s newly released album, tiny injuries, streaming below. “Permanent Vacation” stirs from the get-go, with Pixies-esque vocal soaring and “I try to connect from the inside,” introspection gradually ascending into a hook-filled production. Brassy enthusiasm and melodic “I’m packing up and leaving today,” aspirations converge for a replay-inducing success.

Berk elaborates further on the track’s inspiration:

“Permanent Vacation” was a song inspired by the first vacation we took after the pandemic. We decided to go to Costa Rica a place I had never been. I am already afraid of flying, but the heightened worry about traveling, airports and crowds of people fed into my anxiety. I kept thinking that somehow I want this trip to change me…and be reborn in a sense. In many ways I was….but when it was over I still just ended up getting back to the daily grind of life. In the end….the experience really only exists in my mind alone, and the way I remember it. The song is about a deep desire to leave your present situation and somehow find something better, but you really don’t have any plan or idea of how to do that. I always hope that moves, changes or even vacations will somehow bring some sort of peace, and it seems like any time I do that I try to have hope that somehow I will find something better….be something better….and be born again.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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