Sweden’s ShapeShiftingAliens presents their new single ‘Love is a Battlefield’. While this track can be found on their debut ‘ShapeShiftingAliens’ LP, which is finally now available on CD via Stockholm-based label The Sublunar Society, it is being released as a single with the never-before-released track ‘Second Rate’ as its b-side. The new accompanying video was animated by Niklas Rundquist.
ShapeShiftingAliens is a Swedish duo, consisting of Johan Cléve on vocals and Niklas Rundquist, also known as a solo artist under the moniker Brainshadow. Earlier they released the singles ‘Fade Away’and ‘Showing My Face’. This new offering, however, sees vocalist Ingrid Contardo join Cléve for a duet.
“This song is about the complexities of love and hate in relations between couples but, as with most of my lyrics, it can also be applicable to the complex relations between nations in peace and wartimes, says Rundquist.
ShapeShiftingAliens signed to The Sublunar Society in 2016. They have since released several singles, followed by their self-titled ‘ShapeShiftingAliens’ LP. ShapeShiftingAliens’ inventive approach was noted by Nolan Cook of The Residents, leading them to collaborate on ‘Shadows’, the final track from their debut album.
Rundquist and Cléve met when they were working with Iodine Jupiter. Cléve is a producer, composer, live and studio musician (guitar) for film, as well as touring and performing artists. Inspired by various film music composers and especially horror films, their music has also been influenced by David Bowie, Lou Reed, Goldfrapp, Air, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, and Massive Attack.
Niklas Rundquist / Brainshadow collaborates with other artists as an electric violinist, remixer and mastering engineer. Most recently, he cooperated with Lima 13 and Sonisk Blodbad. He is also a member of The Leather Nun, whose history runs back to the 1980s. He also composes music for films, documentaries and commercials, and various artists on the London scene.
The Sublunar Society is a record label and publishing company, founded by Marie Lundvall and Peder Bjoerk in 2013. Sublunar releases music and publishes literature for the international and national markets. The company also produces exclusive limited edition art products for collectors. The guiding spirit behind The Sublunar Society is one of artistic freedom and creative exploration beyond the conventional.
‘Love is a Battlefield’ is out now across online stores like iTunes, as well as streaming on Spotify. The ‘ShapeShiftingAliens’ LP is also available via Bandcamp, both digitally and on CD, at https://shapeshiftingaliens.
1. The Core 00:57
2. Fade Away 04:20
3. Drums Of Bitter Hearts 04:26
4. Love Is A Battlefield Feat. Ingrid Contardo 04:32
5. Showing My Face 03:39
6. Stay 03:10
7. Just A Boy 03:46
8. 100 Miles 04:38
9. Little Bit 03:52
10. Time For A Change 05:27
11. Cut To The Bone 04:32
12. Shadows 04:32