Smerz are the Norwegian duo of Henriette Motzfeldt and Catharina Stoltenberg. Known for the “carefully shaped, deconstructed pop” (Boomkat) of their debut EP’s “Okey” (2017) and “Have Fun” (2018), Smerz seamlessly weave together techniques and sounds pulled from chamber and classical music, hip hop, R&B, and hard electronics, with the end product always resulting in something altogether uncanny.
Taking their audio-visual experience across the globe, Smerz have curated performances at the Tate Modern, MOCA Geffen, MIRA Festival with Weirdcore.TV, the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance and Club To Club. With “Believer”, their 2021 debut full-length album on XL Recordings, they formalize the boundless sonic world that started to emerge within each of their debut EP’s and in their running NTS monthly residency.
On main opening night of Organ Vida, the duo performs their album “Believer”, which deliberately mixes contradictory emotions, from sadness to happiness, anxiety or appeasement, and offers us a singular and oblique relationship to the world. Inspired by the heavy bass of the club music of the 2000s, the emphasis is totally put on the performative and experimental dimensions of the music.