Tel Aviv producer and singer/songwriter Noga Erez makes experimental, politically charged electronic pop that ranges from bold to claustrophobic.
Born a year before the Gulf War started, Erez grew up taking piano and guitar lessons and ultimately studied composition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. When she was 18, she served as a military musician in the Israeli Army; a few years after her conscription was over, she began working with producer Ori Rousso. Together, they developed an atmospheric, beat-driven sound that Erez used as the backdrop for her viewpoints on some of the thorniest issues of the 2010s. In 2016, Erez performed at the Rio Olympics as part of an official Israeli music showcase and signed to the Berlin label City Slang
. That November, the label issued Erez's debut single, "Dance While You Shoot," which explored the guilt of living a safe life near war-torn areas. Early in 2017, "Pity," a song inspired by the alleged gang rape of a woman in a Tel Aviv nightclub, and "Toy," an examination of entitlement and privilege, arrived. All three singles appeared on Erez's full-length debut, Off the Radar, which was released that June. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi