SMERZ, OURI, Stemlines
Thursday March 3, 2022 08:30 PM EST
CL's Matthew Warhol Recommends: SMERZ is bad bitch music. You listen to it, regardless of gender, to feel like a bad bitch. The Norwegian duo of Henriette Motzfeldt and Catharina Stoltenberg are the perfect life coaches to lift you up before going out for the night or motivate you before going into a job interview. They weave together, pop, electro, R&B, and classical music into a blissful fabric. A note on one of the openers, Stemlines: I caught this Atlanta songstress a few months back and absolutely floored by her performance. Her songs pull from similar places as the headliner, but for unique results. That night, her personality radiated throughout the room. You immediately wanted to be her best friend and rooted for her music soar into the public consciousness. — MW
From the venue: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.