Posts tagged music video
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.


Read the full interview on NOISEY

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

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