Noga Erez – Off The Radar
You could spend hours picking apart the tracks on Tel Aviv producer Noga Erez’s debut album. Every fractured beat, wobbly bass line, strange synth, and cold, mysterious, beautiful vocal that weaves through the record.
After the deep, exotic pop of opening track ‘Balkada’, the deep and dank fragmented modern electro of ‘Dance While You Shoot’ comes as a shock.
But it’s more indicative of what Erez does best on Off The Radar; heavy, wild, off-kilter beats with hardly human sounding vocals, coalescing into a curious, warped brand of electronica.
‘Pity’ is equally erratic, though it has a wonderfully warm synth to anchor its chorus and provide some more easily recognisable structure.
There’s not much on that will have you darting to the dancefloor and there are a lot of very strange sounds and arrangements peppered through the record. But Erez also shows an acute handle on pop music. While the general sonic aesthetic is kinda icy, there are loads of very agreeable melodies to pull you in.
The restrained beauty of ‘Worth None’ plays out like some kind of creepy lullaby, while closing track ‘Junior’ is one of the more straightforward tracks on the album, a kind of sweet if not disconnected spacey pop song that offsets an awkward melange of synth with Erez’s cool, measured vocal.
Interludes like the percussive rap of ‘Quiet One’, the future-R&B of ‘Instruction’ and the warped robotic chorus of ‘Side Effect’ might be brief, but their impact on maintaining the album’s mood shouldn’t be understated. They’re clever nuggets that aren’t necessarily strong standalone pieces, but an important part of Off The Radar as a whole.
Noga Erez has made an electronic record that you will want to spend time with. A record packed with fascinating ideas, all of which are executed with a discerning touch. She’s an exciting new artist in the world of electronic music and one whose music will confound and delight in equal measure.