COLOR WAR is a Brooklyn-based electronic duo comprised of Billy J (Justin William Lin) and vocalist Lindsay Mound. The two forge songs through hazy improvisational sessions, with J piecing together beats and synth textures and Mound responding as a medium, channeling melodies and lyrical content in real-time. Neon-gothic stories of loss and vulnerability recall an alternate past, echoing early Kate Bush and Phil Collins, as well as more recent acts like Chromatics, while managing to exist quite apart from each of them.
In March 2014, COLOR WAR released their debut album It Could Only Be This Way which serves to illustrate the depth and transcendence of their sound. Mound's vocals crest and slink through arrangements that conjure a familiar pop cadence stretched across dark and all-consuming landscapes. "The album is a cycle of obsession," says Lin. "Many of the songs deal with our more destructive human emotions: jealousy, pride, self-deception. We keep going back to things that happened before."
Punctuated by controlled bursts of noise and drone, the record is an odyssey of swirling harmonics, crystalline synth stabs and primal, thumping drums. COLOR WAR and their live visuals collaborator, Brandon Sciarrotta, produced the record with co-production and mixing by legendary techno wizard, John Selway.
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It Could Only Be This Way (March 4, 2014)
1. Plate Tectonics
3. Stars Like Glass
5. U Saved My Life
6. The Infinity Broadcast*
8. I Like It This Way
9. Twin Spires
10. Baby Don't Make Me Worry
12. Kaaterskill Falls*
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