Challenging the status quo of electronic music
Tel-Aviv based singer/songwriter Noga Erez’s debut album, Off The Radar is a highly experimental electronic album that takes the listener on an epic journey through the album’s soundscape. A lot of the songs on the project feature danceable beats even though there are some experimental aspects to the sound. There are a good mix of tempos on the album which gives the listener a unique and versatile experience.
The second song on the album, “Dance While You Shoot,” is an example of a song that features a more experimental sound yet it also maintains a certain rhythmic feel to it. There is a lot of focus on the beat pattern and less on the melody, a style that is commonly used in hip-hop. It also features a thick bass line that really stands out on the track.
The next track “Toy” continues to focus on the drum patterns and the unorthodox feel that is present through out the album. It even goes as far as using the sound of glass breaking as part of the instrumentation. Noga Erez’s vocals on this song also give the track an eerie feel that is simply chilling. This song features a less rhythmic sound than what was present on “Dance while you shoot,” yet it doesn’t feel out of place in terms of its position on the album.
Noga Erez uses her voice to carry the melody of some of the tracks, and this is best exemplified on the track “Worth None.” The instrumentation on this album has a more left-field electronic sound that is downright trippy, yet the vocals carry the listener through the song. There is much more instrumentation towards the end of the song, and it carries over nicely to the next track, “Global Fear”
“Global Fear” is definitely a highlight of the album; Noga Erez shows off her impressive vocal ability which layers nicely over stunning instrumentation. There is also a certain atmospheric quality to her voice that really stands out, making it easily one of the best songs on the album.
Overall, Off The Radar is a fun and unique experience that listeners of experimental and electronic music are sure to enjoy. The production techniques present on the album give it its own unique sound. There are definitely moments that push the limits of experimental music, yet it maintains its fun and unique experience.