Tender and artsy folk singer Ami Yares “Harvest” contains a lush arrangement which features a well chosen lush arrangement. “Harvest’ makes the listener nostalgic for autumn and the leaves changing. Though dynamically rather stagnant the hook is memorable “let it last now” with the “now” being held out to an extent that draws the listener out of the nostalgic daydream the verses are sure to lull the listener into in the lazy afternoon. Ami Yares vocal timbre is reminiscent of Mike Ness had he chosen to lean away from his punk roots and embraced the obvious folk and country he enjoys. As you make your way towards the end of “Harvest” layers of vocals lead you towards the end. “Harvest” by Ami Yares is a soft and tender lament to fall.
“Thirty-eight years of age and stepping up and out as a solo singer/songwriter and performer, here is Ami Yares (AH-me Ya-rehs) and his old new music.
He is the offspring of the New Jersey turnpike, raised in the echo of the Liberty Bell and of songs sung among friends late into the evening. Recently returned to Philadelphia, Ami found great community, comfort and song in his homeland and shared stages with many great Philadelphia locals like Chris Gaines, Lizanne Knott, John Flynn, Joanna Pascale and Ross Bellenoit. The Philadelphia Folk Song Society and festival have also been on board, supporting Ami on stage and off. Most notably, he and Peter Yarrow performed together with an international cohort of singer/songwriters to reawaken the power of music as a tool for social change. Singing and songwriting are more than just performance to Ami, but a pathway to societal change. It is a just as much a part of Ami to be in song with the underserved and under-represented as it is to take the stage.
Ami’s songwriting chimes with mystery like an over-the-hills-and-far-away scavenger hunt through Nick Drake’s foot trunk, Paul Simon’s rec-room, and Allison Krauss’s tour bus (Dave Tomar, Independent Critic).
Ami’s formative songwriting years reared up in a nearly nine-year stint in the Middle East. A childhood love of folk music returned to him while immersing life in the hotly contested region. Late night music sessions with other American ex-pats, found Ami reintroduced to music of days past and found its way into his songs – not to mention a bit of Mediterranean vibes. Ami honed his skills playing in an America outfit called HOLLER! that proved to be a Jerusalem favorite for years and on jaunts home to the US, Ami would tour with his upright bass playing brother in the aptly titled duo, the Brothers Yares. Today, he’s on his own.
Yares wields his 12-string guitar as if it were an entire orchestra, backing his vocals with a dense, rich cascade of sound (David Foster, AXS).
Ami’s musical trajectory since moved towards wrestling with states of conflict and unrest in an attempt to understand and be part of greater waves of change, not too distant from his pebble thrown amalgamations of prose and melody. One could say, he is the constant state of chasing the holy and the broken hallelujah as Leonard Cohen wisely wrote.
Ami’s solo debut is a departure for him and an arrival as a singer/songwriter.
The title track of Ami’s new EP, Begin to Begin Again finds Ami calling you not to just listen but to be moved to do…Quit your wool gathering, look up from meandering, alert your heart and begin to start to address. He humbly tries to transmit the ground-shaking power of song to you and us. Hallelujah Bitters, the album’s single drives a Tom Waits’ inspired rant caught somewhere between spiritual inquiry, rage and fermented beverages, There’s a big bad spirit sitting by the sill. It’s a short EP by nature, but a worthy ride.
Join Ami as he traverses the soundscape of life through his old new amalgamations of song. His new five-song EP, Begin to Begin again, is here.”