Color War – “SOS (Xiu Xiu Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Miles Bowe / February 19, 2014

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. Listen below.

It Could Only Be This Way is out 3/4 via Four Horsemen Records.