Although much admired by some of music’s biggest names, (Bon Iver, Avett Brothers, Ben Folds), and praised by the likes of NPR, the AV Club, and Rolling Stone, Eef Barzelay and his former band Clem Snide have managed to stay mostly below the radar for well over a decade.
After a brief flirtation with Seymor Stein’s Sire label they gently exploded unto the late nineties music scene with “Your Favorite Music”; A slow-paced and spare offering that mixed elemental forms of American music with a sonic palette of distressed cello, unexpected samples, and Eef Barzelay’s cracked voice and left-of-center word play.
Soon there after, in the spring of 2001, the band released “The Ghost Of Fashion” on the now defunct SpinArt label which brought them tantalizingly close to mainstream success when the song “Moment in the Sun” was used as the opening theme for the hit NBC show “Ed”. Though plagued with inter band friction and general mismanagement the band made two more records and toured hard though out the US, UK, and Europe before finally calling it quits in 2005. At which point Eef released a couple solo records and tried his hand at scoring movies, most notably the 2007 Sundance hit “Rocket Science”.
More recently Eef wrote the score to William H Macy's directorial debut “Rudderless”, had an original song at the close of Isabel Coixet's latest film "Nobody Wants The Night”, and the Clem Snide classic “No One’s More Happy Than You” was used throughout a recent episode of CBS’ The Good Wife.
Eef is a 46 year old Taurus who enjoys disaster porn, hand rolled cigarettes, and spending time with his wife and two kids in Nashville TN.