COLOR WAR releases new video for "Hallways" on Noisey

WATCH the new video for "Hallways" directed by Laure Atanasyan and read Kim Taylor Bennett's review from Noisey below.

When Brooklyn duo Color War dropped their video for "Shapeshifting" at the tail-end of last year, it instantly rocketed to the top of my best videos of 2014 list. Not only was the song the bomb—a glacially cool cut of synth-pop—but director Crystal Moselle followed three teen ballerinas as they bent and danced and dipped all over the NYC city streets, capturing everything in glorious slo-mo. (Fun fact Moselle is also the director of the award-winning documentary The Wolfpack. Read all about that here.
This is just some background really. What we have today is exciting for several reasons. 
1. Color War's new track "Hallways" is excellent. With its boomy 80s smacks and Italo disco oscillations, singer Lindsay Mound's 2 AM croon weaves a spell of recollection: remember passing that person you liked in the school hallway? When one flicked glance and look away was enough to have you blushing in your Keds. Sigh. At least that's what I thought when I first heard it. But then, the more you listen, the more a different, more heartbreaking narrative emerges: about walking past your ex's house, the key you never gave back burning a hole in your pocket, daydreaming about encountering that lover again and falling into a tryst made breathless by the weight of history. 
"And of course I kept my key / We had a home inside that house," she sings. Oof. If that doesn't hit you in the heart, I don't know what will. 
2. But onto the accompanying video, premiering above. It's genesis came about in the best the-internet-brings-randoms-together story I've heard in ages. According to Billy J (the other half to Color War) it went down like this: a fan and director in Paris called Laure Atanasyan heard the song and shot a video in her bedroom and sent it over. Simple as that. It's sort of a one-step on from the "Shapeshifting" video—it's intimate and teenage and you feel just a little voyeuristic watching it, like you've stumbled on some found footage of Ally Sheedy back in her Breakfast Club post-makeover days.
Of course Lindsay and Billy loved it. Below is a little exchange to find out more about the mysterious Ms. Atanasyan.
COLOR WAR: Tell us a little about your background. Where did you grow up and how did it affect your visual point of view?
LAURE ATANASYAN: I grew up in Toulouse, south of France. There I was steeped in cold colors and landscapes with fog in winter. But I spent all my summer holidays in the French Riviera where light is really special, in orange tones. So to my mind, light, and colors are really important, they help a lot to transmit an emotion. This is also where I started to do videos around 15 years old with my friends, my brother and my sister.
CW: How did you discover the song “Hallways" and why did you choose it as inspiration for your video?
LA: About a year ago, a friend, Rémi, came to Paris and asked me to listen to the music of this band Color War, I would probably like it. When I listened to their first song, "Plate Tectonics," they fully conquered me. Last summer I traveled to The United States for the first time during one month to New York and California. There I was thinking about directing a music video. When I came back to France, I looked for a song to do this project and the pop sound of "Hallways" with its hypnotic voice was really in line with my state.

Read the full interview on NOISEY

COLOR WAR track 'Plate Tectonics' featured in Cotton Project x West Coast collaboration "NO WALLS"

Cotton Project and West Coast present: "No Walls" Directed by Cristina Streciwik and Rabih Aidar. Creative Direction: Rafael Varandas e Rachel Mancini. Produced by Planalto.

Music 
Color War - Plate Tectonics
Lumerians - Burning Mirrors

This video just dropped by Brazilian label and production teams Cotton Project and West Coast.  An 11-minute epic of fast bikes, foggy campsites and the straight-up best party invite we've ever seen, this short film really captures the feeling we're having right now.  It's time to get the hell out of town.

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