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

INTERVIEW with COLOR WAR in Creem Magazine

Read COLOR WAR's interview with Creem, where they reveal everything there is to know about anything and totally spill the beans on their interests in space.

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.


COLOR WAR's debut album It Could Only Be This Way released today

Download the 12-track album today on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, or right here at our online store.

"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

COLOR WAR shares advance stream of It Could Only Be This Way on SPIN

It's finally here!  The first advance stream for the long-awaited debut LP from COLOR WAR, exclusively available on SPIN.COM.  Read what they had to say about it and stream it HERE.

"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."


COLOR WAR - It Could Only Be This Way (Mar 4, 2014 on Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse)

COLOR WAR - It Could Only Be This Way (Mar 4, 2014 on Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse)

STREAM: Absofacto Remixes SOS (The Music Ninja Premiere)

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."

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