Tour Elephante's 'Glass Mansion' With Striking Animation: Exclusive

Derek Rickert

When writing his EP Glass Mansion, Elephante imagined a psychedelic fantasy home where each room could be whatever he imagined. He got with Caegan Meagher of the animation team Kvlt Magik to bring those visions to life, and now, you're cordially invited to tour the Glass Mansion in a 10-minute adventure.

"I wanted people to be able to see and really feel what it was like to walk through the house, not just listen to the music," Elephante tells Billboard Dance. "All my favorite music transports me to a different world, so I felt that having a visual representation of each song really brings the Mansion to life. Each song is different, so all the rooms have a different vibe and artistic style -- just like you might decorate rooms differently based on what you're going through at the time. The Mansion is the fulfillment of everything you've ever wanted, so if you want a pool in your living room, that's chill; and if you want a portal to another dimension in your closet, that's even better."

He gets that pool in the living room set to opener "Come Back For You" feat. Matluck. It's quite the vaporware fantasy lined with Roman columns in bright pastel pink and blue. From there, we move into the "Red Smoke" room, which is a bit of a party den colored as one would expect, with a crap's table and a strobe-lit dance floor. We move through the purple hallway of "Troubled" with Deb's Daughter into a super-funky library. "All Over Again" is a trippy bar, "Have It All" with Nevve is a room turned upside down, "The In Between" with Anjulie is an exotic garden, "Otherside" with Nevve again is somewhere totally out of this world and more. 

"Tim came to us with numerous concepts and aesthetic ideas for the mansion, and how that could shift according to the tone of each track," Meagher tells Billboard Dance. "His vision didn't prevent him from earnest collaboration; we had carte blanche to explore our own ideas too, which is a total dream for any creative. The biggest challenge was balancing the need for loose continuity and narrative against the desire to aesthetically represent a broad range of music across the 10-minute video. 'Have it All' is a particular standout both technically and creatively, as dedication to the vision required delving into physics simulations and massive render times."

Travel to the far reaches of Elephante's imagination with the Glass Mansion Open House Tour below, exclusively on Billboard Dance


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