New single "Bitte" from COLOR WAR drops today
Interview with Shapeshifting director Crystal Moselle on Noisey
First look at the track and video, premiering on Noisey
"Bitte, bitte, bitte, bitte…" intones an otherworldly refrain. Color War's latest song starts in ambient swathes with singer Lindsay Mound's ethereal incantations. Here the NYC trio move through the song like a sun-dazed kid skipping through a field of flowers, speeding up and tripping over, and falling into a synthy swoon, and spinning in giddy circles for the chorus. The video, meanwhile, is a kaleidoscopic clip made up of iphone footage shot over the past 12 months and overlaid with Mound karaoke-ing her heart out. It'll make you want to dance the night away with the singer, shouting into a shared mic with abandon. And if you want to do just that, the band have, rather helpfully cut together a lyric video for just such an occasion.
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.