“Off The Radar” by Noga Erez

Following her show at London’s Visions Festival this weekend, Tel Aviv’s Noga Erez has unveiled plans to continue playing live in 2017, with her first ever UK headline tour this October. In addition to an appearance at Bristol’s Simple Things Festival, Erez will make her live debut in cities across the country, as well as returning to London to play Corsica Studios.

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. After all, even escapism acknowledges there’s something to escape from, and at times – like many who’ve grown up in Tel Aviv – she 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, 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.

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
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
Dec 4 – Zurich, CH @ Papiersaal
Dec 5 – Düdingen, CH @ Bad Bonn
Dec 7 – Vienna, AT @ Fluc