Happy New Year 2018! 

Hello There! 

Hope you had your cup of kindness and are looking forward to this upcoming year! 

I'll be hitting the stage for a few shows in early 2018! If you're in DC, I'll be performing at Gypsy Sally's this Friday, Jan 5 in the Vinyl Lounge, at 8:00 p.m. 

Later this weekend, I'll be at one of my favorite spots, the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market in Alexandria, on January 7th from 10-12 noon. INDOORS! 

Have you bought a copy of my new EP Vision Hazy? You should! Get it on iTunes, stream it on Spotify. Pass it on. 

Stay tuned for more announcements!  *cough cough* music video.... 


New Album Vision Hazy Out Today!!! Sept 29 

Hey Everybody!  

Hope you thought the recent Office Space nods were amusing on Facebook.

I am so very excited to let you know that my new EP Vision Hazy is out today, September 29th!!! You can get your copy at any of these online retailers/gatekeepers!!!  

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vision-hazy-ep/id1260649104 

CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/m/cd/matttarka6 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Vision-Hazy-Matt-Tarka/dp/B073ZJVLQP/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=04GYWHKNGVEB18FX30SE 

Check your favorite streaming sites too if that's your preferred method of listening to music! I'll let you you when it's up on Spotify. :-) 

For all you physical media freaks, I also have a limited batch of CDs.  Send me a line and I'll dispatch one to you through the USPS. Vision Hazy was given car stereo treatment. :-)   

Many Thanks to everyone who helped me fully realize this group of songs.  

Ted Comerford of Low Watt, Mitch Easter at the Fidelitorium, Brendan Kelly, Sean Kelly, Josh Keane Rich Stine, and Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters. I feel honored to work with you amazing people. We made a great thing here.  

I encourage you to download a copy of the record onto your favorite device. Listen with headphones. Let the sounds envelop your being for 20 minutes. Repeat as needed. Again, I am DAMN PROUD of these songs.  

Thank You for all of your support over the past few years! You know who you are. Your encouragement by phone calls/text messages/emails etc. has meant the world to me. Even a simple "check in" means so much in ways that are beyond description.   

Exciting things await! For now, listen to this record. Own a copy. Spread the word. Tell your peeps.  


Pre-Order Vision Hazy EP! / Shows / Press ! 

Hi Friends! 

Eager over here to release my new EP Vision Hazy into the wild next week, (Friday, Sept 29). You can pre-order it here

Before the release, I'll be out playing a couple shows this week. 

Sept 21 - Robert Harper Books - Riverdale Park, MD 8pm $15 at the door. Refreshments

Sept 23 - Main Street Music Festival - Ellicott City, MD - Free, details here.  I'll be on the Phoenix Emporium stage from 5:00 - 5:40 PM. 

Dagger ZINE had some nice words about Vision Hazy over the weekend. Check it out here



August 2017: New Single, Social Media Updates, Shows! 

Hello Folks! 

Hope you’re enjoying these last licks of Summer. I’d like to give you the skinny on what’s happening in my world, musically speaking. 

New single out / early reviews of “Time Travels” 

You may have heard I have a new single out called “Time Travels.” You can listen to it here to whet your appetite for my next EP Vision Hazy, out on Friday, September 29th! 

Time Travels has received a few early reviews, both of which are really positive. A few excerpts below… 

Nooga.com’s Notes From Left of the Dial, 8/4/17 
“Tarka explores a collapsing mental head space and the ensuing devastation brought on by physical deterioration. His power-pop tendencies act as a foil to the darker emotions that swirl around and inhabit the notes and melodies of the song. But he doesn’t lay in this melancholy without a sense of resolution—he turns a dire sense of inevitability into a hopeful outlook on the future. The drums splash and echo while his voice works its way inside a collection of wavering organ lines and shimmering guitar rhythms. There’s an infectious optimism that eventually emerges, an idea that while days will be dark and hearts will be broken, there will come a time when the sun’s light will reach your face again.” 

Independent Clauses, 8/22/17 
“Here’s some punchy indie-pop that fans of the Weakerthans will immediately sit up and take notice of. The guitars and vocals come together beautifully.” 

“What’s in My Record Player?” Thursday social media Series 
New Tuesday Series: “Artists who inspire me to do good work.” 

As you might have seen online, I like to do weekly (Thursday) installments of “what’s in my record player?” It’s been fun and I plan to keep that going on fb and instagram. Follow along in either space. Facebook: @MattTarkaMusic Instagram: MattTarka 
I have fired up a new series on Tuesdays – “Artists who inspire me to do good work.” 
This past Tuesday, I featured my friend and Chelmsford, MA songwriter Seth Balestrieri. Google him. He writes great hooks. 

September Shows 
Here are the first batch of upcoming September shows! 
Sept 2 - Harrisburg, PA at the Labor Day Kipona Festival and Powwow (12:15-1:30 PM set) 
Sept 4 - Atlas Brewing in DC supporting Magpie - 7PM 
Sept 5 – DC Music Rocks Radio Show - WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington from 5-6 PM EST Tune in Live here. https://www.wera.fm/ 
Sept 6 – Blend Coffee Bar in Ashburn, VA on Sept 6 from 7-9 PM. 
That’s all for right now! Can't wait to share this new record with you! 



The upcoming powerpop EP from Matt Tarka, Vision Hazy, is a rotating photo album of bright memories and golden nostalgia that winds along an open road. The EP was mixed by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr.) and is due out September 29. The first single, “Time Travels” is available as an approved downloadable mp3.   Listen Here 

Vision Hazy is a collection of the unexpected experiences, and the single delves deeper into a physical dilemma. Soaring harmonies and upbeat instrumentation will leave your heart racing through the infectious melody. Yet the lyrics talk about a more somber and difficult subject. Tarka explains, “I wrote this song from the point of view of someone who is coming to grips with losing a family member suffering from dementia. In turn, someone with the disease has flashes of being present, but is being held captive in their own personal hell. It’s such a devastating experience for anyone involved in being a caregiver or offering support for someone with dementia.” 

The EP has melodic highs and sentimental moments of contemplation. While primarily upbeat, harmony-driven powerpop, the sunset escape of “Selling Roses” smooths out an Americana landscape. Others like “Midnight Sun” highlight the vulnerability and honesty in Tarka’s voice and delivery. Perfect for the open road, or the warm embrace of a turntable, Vision Hazy is a wind drifting off somewhere without expectation or pretense. 

Vision Hazy Track Listing 

1. Vision Hazy 
2. Midnight Sun 
3. Time Travels 
4. Selling Roses 

To see full press release, go here.

New EP "Vision Hazy" Available 9-29-17! -July Shows!- 

Hey All! 

Matt here. Hope you are having a might fine summer so far.... 

Wanted to send a few updates in your direction.

Progress is cooking on the record. Mastering was completed in early May and will be available on September 29, 2017! That's a Friday.

New EP is called Vision Hazy. Track listing to follow later.
There will be online distribution and also a SHORT run of CDs. 

Tonight, I'll be the featured artist during Villain & Saint's open mic in Bethesda, MD. And this Thurs, will be over at the Barking Mad Cafe in Gaithersburg, MD on 7/20 as part of their Summer Concert Series! 

Lots of exciting stuff on the horizon!!




Mixing for New EP Done & Upcoming May shows! 

Hey All! 

Great news! Just finished mixing my next EP down at the Fidelitorium in NC, and is on to mastering at the end of the month. This next batch of songs will be out to rattle your ears sometime this October. 

In the meanwhile, I have a few shows coming up over the next two weeks. Gypsy Sally's in DC this Friday eve (8pm) and the Elephants for Autism Music Festival on Saturday, May 20 in Mays Landing, NJ. Checks the Shows section for more details. The autism benefit show starts at 12 noon and yours truly will be on first. 

If you find yourself in the Garden State this weekend, please consider being a part of that important cause! 

In addition, I am looking forward to the Takoma Porch Festival this year in Takoma Park, MD, on Saturday, May 27th. Will be playing 2 sets. 2-3pm, then 3-4pm. See https://www.takomaporch.net/ for all the details and porches. 

Should be an excellent start to Memorial Day weekend! 

More to come. Stay in touch! 


Surely Late EP Turns 1 ! New EP in Fall 2017 

Hello Folks! 

Matt here. I want to thank you for all of your kind words and support over the past few years. It means the world to me, and I truly would not be able to keep the momentum going without you. 

And 2017 is no different! 

First, I want to tell you that Surely Late, a 4 song EP that I recorded at Low Watt Recording in Savannah, GA with Ted Comerford (Jukebox The Ghost, Jonas Sees in Color) at the production helm, and subsequently mixed by Mitch Easter (R.E.M, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr.) at The Fidelitorium in North Carolina just turned 1 on April 29th! You can pick up a copy in the SHOP (CD or Vinyl) or purchase the tunes on your favorite streaming site. 

Go get it! Recommend it to your friends. Spread the word! 

Second, I will be releasing a new EP this Fall! Very psyched at how the record is shaping up. Tracking should be wrapped up this week and mixing at the Fidelitorium starts next week. I couldn't be more thrilled to be working with a similar cast of characters this time around! 

Details on the release date are being ironed out as we speak. 

Stay tuned for more updates as time rolls along! 


New Music Video - "Surely Late"  

Hi Folks!

My new video for "Surely Late" -- the title track off my new EP is here for your viewing pleasures.

Many thanks to Springwood Productions, Lara Supan, Jess Grace Garcia, Jon Garcia , Kirby, Rinny and all the good folks who made this possible! 

Check it our right here

Enjoy / Share / Repeat !!!


Happy 2017 ! ! 

Hello Friends,

Last year, I released a 4 song EP called "Surely Late." Some great people helped bring these songs to life, and I continue to feel extremely fortunate. Have you listened to it? I have CD and Vinyl copies in the "Shop." The songs are also available on Spotify, iTunes, and located along many many streams.

So please, take a few minutes and go get yourself a copy. Would love to hear what you think of it, however you may wish to share!

Best wishes for 2017!