Interview with Shapeshifting director Crystal Moselle on Noisey

 

Another great article and interview with the visionary Brooklyn director Crystal Moselle, who directed COLOR WAR's music video for their latest single Shapeshifting.  If you haven't yet seen this video, you should watch it right now.

"Here at Noisey we spend a lot of time watching music videos. We are music video connoisseurs and choosy motherfuckers so it takes a lot to make us go, "Damn!" Color War's video for "Shapeshifting" not only made us go "Damn!" it also made us go:
"WTF! Are bodies supposed to bend that way?" 
Noisey: What were the reactions from people in the street when you were filming this? In some of the shots—like that insane one where one of them is doing the splits up a traffic pole—no one appears to be batting an eyelid. 
Crystal Moselle: Most times it all happened so fast and so spontaneously that people had to look twice to see what was happening. Once we got to Times Square they got a ton of attention and people couldn't stop taking photos. I was trying to curb it but it was impossible.   
How did you hook up with Color War?
Well Julie Brooke Williams, my stylist on the video, was also in South Africa and her and I had made the plan to do something with Cassiel. I mentioned that I wanted to work with a band and she made the connect. I fell in love with their music—it was so perfect—and it all went beautifully! The band are so talented and hilarious… hopefully they're my new best friends. 

Read the full interview on NOISEY

COLOR WAR in PaperMag

COLOR WAR'S "SHAPESHIFTING" VIDEO IS ONE BIG, BEAUTIFUL URBAN BALLET PIECE

by Gary Pini

Brilliant video -- and the kind that doesn't come around every day -- for Color War's single, "Shapeshifting." The Brooklyn duo of Lindsay Mound and Billy J provide the music, and the clip was shot here in NYC's Madison Square Park and Times Square. But the stars are three ballet dancers with enough youthful exuberance and total abandon to outshine cartoon legends and superheros. The video was directed by Crystal Moselle and the dancers are Cassiel Eatlock, Isabel Ball and Elizabeth Van Genderen. Kudos all around!

View on papermag.com

Watch COLOR WAR's new video for Shapeshifting on Nowness

A lush, glowing teen fantasy comes to life in the official video for COLOR WAR's Shapeshifting, a thumping new single from their debut album It Could Only Be This Way

“We were really vibing on a coming-of-age story; a very precious moment that could be expressed through these young girls who seemed to be at various stages of adolescence,” Mound says, working with stylist Julie Brooke Williams. “I had one of the ballerinas wear a Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt that I’ve had since I was 13. I got it at my first concert and thought it would be cool to see it on a teenager from another generation.” 

Shapeshifting, directed by Crystal Moselle, premieres today on Nowness.  WATCH

INTERVIEW with COLOR WAR in Creem Magazine

Transient

Read COLOR WAR's interview with Creem, where they reveal everything there is to know about anything and totally spill the beans on their interests in space.

What are the central themes you explore on It Could Only Be This Way?

LM: So far most of my songwriting comes from a dimension of personal emotional experiences and imagined realities. Typically a pairing of self-inflicted despair and majestic interconnection. Guilty pleasures swirled with deeper understanding. Jealousy dipped in self awareness and futility.

BJ: The title of the album refers to a certain inevitability, of time moving on, of hearts broken, of darkness and hope.  Many of the songs deal with our more destructive human emotions: jealousy, pride, self-deception, but hopefully a bit of discovery through the process. We often reference the epic movements of bodies in space, separated by light years but with their orbits mostly pre-ordained, a sort of cosmic fate. We were in grade school when they launched the Hubble space telescope, and now we’re seeing amazing images of faraway galaxies tens of millions of light years away. Stars we see now going supernova actually happened eons ago, before the dinosaurs. And without those telescopes, we’d never know those places existed. We keep going back to things that happened before. The album in that way is a cycle.

READ MORE on Creemmag.com

COLOR WAR's debut album It Could Only Be This Way released today

Download the 12-track album today on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, or right here at our online store.

"Beauty emerges in the melodic details which begin to peek out from skeletal song foundations... Color War's gift is using a style we're well familiar with to transform the everyday into the profound, and that applies to their approach to sounds as well as words. "  - SOUNDBLAB

"I want to be serenaded by Lindsay Mound. I want to be immersed in their group’s existential love affair. A distant glance, a cold breeze. Torn between two worlds, “Plate Techtonics” could be easily as heartbreaking as it is lustful  It certainly sounds like an album of the ages. It gives us guidance to the New York noir underbelly. This place has no room for regret." - SELECTIVE MEMORY

" With the use of eerily textured synth, encapsulating beats and a vocal that is gently haunting, Color War have formed a melodious electro-pop which is utterly irresistible at any moment." - SOUND REVOLUTION