Bitchtapes: Invisibility

Israeli singer-producer Noga Erez makes dance music that centers politics. Her Invisibility playlist captures many of the same themes she explores in her own work: who gets seen and who doesn’t; who are the watched, and who are the watchers; and how we’re changed by the act of looking.

Track List:

1.    Princess Nokia, “Tomboy” (YouTube)

There’s such power in Princess Nokia’s personality. Just a glimpse of her work makes you realize how being true and authentic can make you stand out.

2.    Leikeli47, “Money”

The title says it all. Money is the new religion. If you have it, you exist. If you don’t, you may as well just disappear.

3.    Kate Tempest, “Europe Is Lost”

Kate confronts a society which no longer pays attention to what’s happening in the world. We are so caught up in our own lives that the important matters stay out of our sight. Out of sight, out of mind, as they say.

4. Nadia Rose, “Skwod”

For me, this song is about the power of banding together, especially as women. It may have a light vibe to it, but it has a strong message about how joining together makes us stronger.

5.    Mykki Blanco, “Loner”

What made me choose this song, in addition to it being great, is that in the music video, people wear virtual-reality masks. In the future, this type of technology will change everything about how we see or don’t see each other.

6.    M.I.A., “Borders”

This song, like a lot of other M.I.A songs, talks about refugees as those who are forgotten and discriminated against, who are treated like an invisible part of society.  

7.    Noname, “Freedom Interlude”

Noname talks about not meaning to write a song like this, about redemption. Maybe it was an accident, or maybe it was subconscious? Seems as if she just had to get it off her back.  

8.  Janelle Monáe (feat. Erykah Badu), “Q.U.E.E.N.”  

This song screams “we are visible” in the name of all women. Unfortunately, inequality still exists. While we’ve made positive strides, the human race still has a long way to go.

by Katie Presley
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Katie Presley is a writer and editor currently based on the East Coast (help, how did this happen??). She's been with Bitch in one form or another since 2010, when she started as a New Media Intern, and most recently served as Bitch's first and only Music Editor, from 2016-2017. Past resume lines include Assistant Producer for All Songs Considered at NPR Music, panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and bylines at NPR and Ms. Katie is also a doula and herbalist, and writes a blog on herbal medicine, "The Herbal Apprentice." She also co-founded the first full-spectrum doula organization in Texas, The Bridge Collective. She is also a late-comer to being a Dog Person, but currently lives with four cats. 

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