Conversation with Eef Barzelay
Ifar "Eef" Barzelay is an Israeli-born American musician, born in Tel Aviv, Israel. Most notably known as the principal songwriter and singer of alt country band Clem Snide, he has performed in a number of Boston-based bands, as well as toured as a solo act, both as headliner and as international support for artists such as Ben Folds. His songs have been featured in numerous films and television shows like The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ed, and Californication, as well as original music for numerous films. Barzelay, whose grandparents are Holocaust survivors, grew up in New Jersey, and describes his parents’ religious views as ardently atheist. While Eef finds himself somewhere between the atheism of his parents and religious faith, Christian characters play a prominent role in his prolific body of work. From two suicidal youth group members in True Freedom, to a follower whose faith brings little more than guilt in Jews for Jesus Blues, to a reminder that the emptiness we feel inside is where God’s love hides in The Ballad of God’s Love, Eef navigates freely from pointing a knowing finger to tender reassurance.