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.
"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
"On the way via the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse label, the LP serves up a stark combination of elaborately arranged synths, bare-bones beats, and vaporous vocals, making for a 12-track set that lingers long after it fades into darkness."
-- STREAM THE ALBUM on Spin.com
Michigan's Jon Visger assembled this strutting catwalk remix of SOS and really gave it the treatment. Hear what TMN has to say in their premiere writeup:
"Brooklyn based electronica duo Color War is getting a Midwest treatment on their sultry tune “SOS,” by way of Ann Arbor born, Absofacto. The original song, off their forthcoming album It Could Only Be This Way (out March 4, 2014 via Four Horsemen Records), boasts a textured melody driven by 80′s style synths. Its deep, industrial feel definitely offered some unique opportunities to take the track in another direction via remix, which is exactly what Absofacto did.
Layering in rich atmospheric hiss, coupled with a groovy tempo, this interpretation still maintains enough of the dark, emotional vibe from the original. However, by adding in some clashing drum patterns, and some classic Absofacto synth work, we’re offered up a completely different look that’s presents a lush and dreamy soundscape for the listener.
Between working with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Hollow and Akimbo, we’re not sure how Absofacto had any free time to get this done. However, we’re certainly happy he took some time out of that busy schedule to knock out this beauty of a remix."
"Phoenix-based DJ Clap has distinguished himself with the manic tempo of his footwork-influenced productions-- a sound reflected on his debut album, Best Night Ever, which was released last year. His remix of synthpop band Color War's "SOS" contrasts sharply with his previous work. The track is, by his standards, almost sedate-- dominated by atmospheric synth pads and pitched down vocals rather than dense, rapidly cut samples. A paranoid drum pattern maintains a sense of anxiety throughout the remix, however. Perhaps this is an indication of a new direction DJ Clap's work may be headed-- but, then again, so could the three short "Gangnam Style" sampling vignettes he's put on his Soundcloud in the past month.
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"Color War make dark, moody synth pop that walks a fine line; it sounds like something you could expect to hear in a club, but also something that you could see being remixed by Xiu Xiu. This remix of “SOS” drains most of the color and rhythms out of the track, leaving dissonant drones and a beat that thumps, but doesn’t inspire movement so much as deer in the headlights stillness. What’s left is the bare and now somewhat unsettling vocal track, barreling along nearly a capella at times, echoing like a diva in an abandoned club."