Los Angeles-based Cones – a.k.a brothers Jonathan and Michael Rosen – released their spectacular debut album Pictures of Pictures at the end of 2019 on Dangerbird, and today they share their first new music of 2020. “Outside” is a downtempo yet sunny meditation on feelings of isolation amidst quarantine, and feels like the soundtrack to a wonderfully simple day of lying on the grass, looking up at the sky. Its accompanying video–an interactive, 360-degree VR music video featuring coding and design by Michael and illustrations by Jonathan (who is known for his animated videos for Erykah Badu, Toro Y Moi, Eleanor Friedberger, Delicate Steve, and more)–perfectly captures those feelings. “Creating the video for ‘Outside’ was an exercise in escapism. We wanted to construct an absurd and colorful dream world that we could visit any time while stuck in our homes,” the brothers explain.
The idea for this video came from a previous collaboration called Bob’s Room, another immersive 360-degree VR creation from Cones, but this time an app and a game that explores the many layers of Pictures of Pictures, enhancing the visual and sonic experience of the record. “We approached the video for ‘Outside’ with the same mentality as we had while creating Bob’s Room,” says Jonathan. “Just trying to broaden our collaborations and create something neither one of us could have made on our own.” Bob’s Room is available now as an app for iOS and Android.
With touring on hold, Cones have been staying busy curating an on-going livestream min-festival with their own Honeymoon Suite Studio in LA. The series, Room Service, has featured the likes of Martin Courtney, Hand Habits, Jerry Paper, SadGirl, Dent May, Shannon Lay, Frankie Cosmos, Hazel English, and many more.