NOGA EREZ shares new video for Balkada. UK tour starts this week!

October 18, 2017


– Shares new video for Balkada
– UK headline tour starts this week
– To play Simple Things this weekend


With her first full UK tour kicking off at Simple Things in Bristol this weekend, Tel Aviv’s fiercest star, Noga Erez, has shared a new video for her song Balkada.

One of the many stand-out cuts from her debut album ‘Off The Radar’, which came out in June on City Slang,Balkada is about the relationship between an artist and their audience and the intimate bond that develops.

“While the artist is presented as super-human or divine being and appears to be on the dominant side of the relationship, the opposite is actually true” explains Erez. “The idea of idolization and worship in their obsessive and blind form led us to the commonly used comparison between art and religion – between creativity and creation, and how the two can easily look the same and cross over. We took a walk around Tel Aviv – a non-religious city, sometimes looked at as a ‘sin city’ in the middle of a country dominated by religion. Our objective was to search for ‘holiness’ and moments of ‘pureness’ in the filth and ugliness that is the “sin city”. 

2017 has been a monumental year for Noga Erez. In June she released her debut album ‘Off The Radar’ via City Slang to high critical acclaim, placing herself firmly on the map as one of the year’s most exciting new artists. Live, she has already played standout sets at SXSWThe Great EscapeConvergence, Primavera, Roskilde, Siren, on tour with Sylvan Esso, plus her own album release shows.

Born four days before the Gulf War started, for 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. 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.”

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, the grainy textures and potent atmospheres forged with her synths and ingenious beats bravely straddle genres, energised further by the environment in which she’s grown up.

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.”

Noga Erez live dates:
Oct 21 – Bristol, UK @ Simple Things Festival
Oct 22 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK @ Think Tank Underground
Oct 23 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug And Pint
Oct 24 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Oct 25 – Brighton, UK @ The Joker
Oct 26 – London, UK @ Corsica Studios (w/ Morgan Hislop)
Oct 27 – Cambridge, UK @ The Blue Moon
Oct 29 – Bedford, UK @ Esquires

Oct 30 – Lille, FR @ Aeronef
Oct 31 – Bordeaux, FR @ Iboat
Nov 1 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Avant Garde
Nov 4 – Martigny, CH @ Into The Ride Festival
Nov 26 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club (w/ Ian Chang (Son Lux))
Nov 25 – Utrecht, NL @ DiCE Festival, TivoliVredenburg
Nov 28 – Berlin, DE @ Berghian Kantine (w/ Ian Chang (Son Lux))
Nov 29 – Hamburg, DE @ Turmzimmer (w/ Ian Chang (Son Lux))
Nov 30 – Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof (w/ Ian Chang (Son Lux))
Dec 1 – Erlangen, DE @ PULS Festival
Dec 2 – Munich, DE @ PULS Festival
Dec 4 – Zurich, CH @ Papiersaal
Dec 5 – Düdingen, CH @ Bad Bonn
Dec 7 – Vienna, AT @ Fluc
Dec 9 – Rome, IT @ Monk

Praise for ‘Off The Radar’:
“Fusing accomplished songwriting and cutting-edge bass music with wondrous aplomb.” – 10/10, DJ Mag
“Israel’s most defiant star.” – The Observer
“Too fierce and original to be pigeonholed.” – Sunday Times Culture
“The work of an artist light years down the line.” – DIY
“She is fearless and fantastic.” – Wonderland
“Erez’s music expertly channels the unease that’s crept over the world.” – i-D
“The combination of music and visuals is close to unbeatable.” – Loud & Quiet
“Few artists are making electronic music quite as striking and important as Noga Erez is right now.” – NME 
“An incredibly accomplished record, which carves out a distinct sound that captures and captivates the listener.” –  The Skinny
“All the vim and energy of Tel Aviv’s music scene is squeezed into this exciting young Israeli’s debut LP. Go loud.” – Monocle
“Bold in sound, style and subject matter, the singer-producer infuses her electro-pop with tightly coiled fury.” – NPR

Off the Radar track list:
1) Balkada
2) Dance While You Shoot
3) Toy
4) Instruction
5) Pity
6) Quiet One
7) Worth None
8) Global Fear
9) Hit U
10) Off The Radar
11) Side Effect
12) Muezzin
13) Noisy
14) a hit Is A Hit
15) Junior

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