Smerz is the duo of Norwegians Henriette Motzfeldt and Catharina Stoltenberg who have put out a string of compelling singles and EPs, most recently with 2018’s Have fun. Today they return with a tease of a new project simply titled Believer, and as yet no indication whether it’s an album, EP or some other format – but for now we have a trailer and two tracks, “The favourite” and “Rap interlude”.
Motzfeldt takes vocal duties on “The favourite”, drawing on her years as a choir girl to sing operatically over syntheszied harpsichord provided by Stoltenberg. Whether intentional or not, “The favourite” has the same modern-weirdness-meets-period-styling of the Yorgos Lanthimos film of the same name. “Rap interlude” is a brief 36 seconds, and uses a humming sample instead of a beat, adding to the closed-in feeling of the track, which captures an uncertain anxiety in its pleading words: “I’m working it out / I’m trying babe / I’m tryna figure out.”
In total, the pair of tracks barely come to more than two minutes, which is truly a tease – but there’s more to be explored in the ‘trailer’ (video) by Benjamin Barron and Bror August below.