INTRODUCING: NOGA EREZ
– NEW TEL AVIV-BASED ARTIST SIGNS TO CITY SLANG
– SHARES VIDEO FOR HARD-HITTING DEBUT SINGLE “DANCE WHILE YOU SHOOT”
– UK LIVE DEBUT SHOWS LATER THIS MONTH
Single-minded and razor-sharp, Tel Aviv’s Noga Erez is the latest signing to City Slang Records, and today announces the release of her politically-charged debut single, “Dance While You Shoot”, accompanied by a suitably striking, dystopian video. She has also confirmed details of her first UK live shows for later this month.
The grainy textures and potent atmospheres forged with her synths and ingenious beats bravely straddle genres, energized further by the environment in which she’s grown up. She describes the hypnotically percussive “Dance While You Shoot”, as being about the globally–relevant realisation that “you can’t live without the government that ensures your basic needs, but at the same time takes your money, keeps you in the dark about the real, important matters that affect your life directly, while drowning you in manipulative media, ignorance and bureaucracy.”
The accompanying video was directed by Zhang + Knight and shot in Kiev, Ukraine. “We wanted to make a video that showed everything associated with violence and corruption coupled with a soft, sweet visualisation” Erez explains. “The idea of using the color pink to soften the disturbing images was inspired by photography works from Richard Mosse’s ‘Infra’ series, and images from the 2011 Kampala riots in Uganda where protestors were sprayed with pink paint.”
For Noga Erez, there was never any doubt that, whatever music she chose to make, and whatever she felt about her homeland, she could never ignore her surroundings. After all, even escapism acknowledges there’s something to escape from, and at times – like many who’ve grown up in Tel Aviv – Erez has wanted to shut herself off from a world rendered beyond comprehension by forces beyond her control. But if there’s one thing Erez isn’t – and sometimes it’s easier to say what artists as complex and fresh as her aren’t than are – it’s naïve. And what this means is simple: her work reflects the manner in which she’s learned to live. As she puts it, “I have this idea of giving people moments of thought and inspiration, and at the same time offering escapism and fun.”
It’s not the easiest of goals, but few succeed as well as Erez. While the music she makes in collaboration with her partner and co-writer, composer and producer Ori Rousso, exploits many of the more physical, dynamic elements of electronic music, it also embraces a cerebral sensitivity that’s made her one of her home city’s most exciting, idiosyncratic artists, as inspired by Björk, M.I.A. and fka Twigs as by Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean.
Uncompromising and unpredictable, sophisticated and bold, Noga Erez is clear about her ambitions. “Our way of trying to keep in contact with our feelings and fears, and of avoiding emotional detachment about everything, is music. Human beings can come from completely different places but share a fundamental basis of emotions. In my opinion, music is the form of art or communication that expresses that most accurately.” The conversation starts now.
See Noga Erez live:
23.11 XOYO, London (UK) +
24.11 Paper Dress Vintage, London (UK)
29.11 Beat Geeks Party, Monarch, Berlin (DE)
30.11 Lido, Berlin (DE) +
2.12 Élysée Montmartre, Paris (FR) #
5.12 Elvis’ Guest House, Manhattan (NY)
6.12 Union Pool, Brooklyn (NY)
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