Smerz Makes a ‘Believer’ Out of Us

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The Norwegian duo’s debut album is out February 26th.

has returned to see us through the remainder of winter with their newly announced debut album,
Believer
.
Smerz’s Henriette Motzfeldt and Catharina Stoltenberg first teased their return late last fall with a trailer for the project, featuring choral single,”
The favourite
,” and its spoken word companion,”Rap interlude.” They soon followed this up with the trance-y”I don’t talk about that much” and pastoral string-driven,”Hva hvis.” Along with the announcement, Smerz has shared the title track off the upcoming album, the swirling, feedback churning”Believer.”
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The new track arrives alongside another visual from the project that carries on in the same vein of Scandinavian art house film as the previous two videos. A strange mix of bucolic surrealism with a folkloric mysticism, the”Believer” clip sees Stoltenberg navigating an artificial woodland environment as Motzfeldt gazes down from a crescent moon with feathers falling like fresh snow.

Having relocated from Copenhagen back to their native Oslo,
Believer
sees Smerz explore Norway’s cultural and artistic history in a way that blurs the line between fairytale dreamworld and their own personal reality.”The lyrics for this song were written over a period of almost two years,” they explain in a press release.”So it ended up having a natural development parallel to our lives.”
Watch the official video for Smerz’s”
,” below, off their debut album, out February 26th on XL.
Photography: Benjamin Barron and Bror August
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