Indie pop singer-songwriter Tamar Berk grew up playing piano and started writing songs on guitar as a teenager. While living in Chicago, she played in regional bands like power pop group Starball, an electro-punk duo with her husband that they named the Countdown, and she briefly had band with Kim Thompson called Sweet Heat. Relocating to Portland, she played keys with the Pynnacles. Her group Paradise released three albums, including a rock opera. Among the labels her bands recorded for are Kill Rock Stars, Minty Fresh, and Invisible Records.
After moving to San Diego, her album The Restless Dreams of Youth was released in summer 2021. "I was an incredibly restless child. I was always dreaming and I could never sit still. I always wanted what others had, and had a deep emptiness that I couldn’t really understand. I thought when I grew up, those feelings would disappear or at least change and I could find some peace within myself. But now, I’m just as restless, and when I look back at my life and where I am now, I still feel a deep emptiness and struggle with accepting myself. 'The restless dreams of youth' turned into a sort of love letter to myself. It was a very emotional journey and I realized that I’m still uneasy, and unsure and I might never be at peace with myself, and that’s okay."
The album was preceded by singles for “Better Off Meditating” and “Cleveland.” The video for the latter track matches her own super-8 home movies from childhood alongside images of her grown up and making a life for herself in San Diego. Another single, “Shadow Clues,” earned positive reviews in Northern Transmissions and Stereo Embers Magazine.
Her daughter has her own band, the Fluorescents, with their debut album released in 2021.