Los Angeles-based pop duo RKCB are picking up right where they left off with their latest single “Alone With You Pt. 2,” premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Oct. 4).
Following the surreal visual “Alone, With You,” which combined their 2017 singles “Vice,” “Bloom” and “Naive” into a dance-centric relationship narrative, the group — composed of Riley Knapp and Casey Barth — move from spectators to participants.
In a video directed by Mike O’Brien, the duo are shrouded in thick, plume-y clouds and neon lights as they watch the transfixing dance movements of a distant muse with a withdrawn malaise. Though the first half follows the aesthetic and cues of its predecessor, “Pt. 2” adds a new angle to the series as it unfolds to a scenic, beach vista with Knapp and Barth in clear view. It’s a world-spanning, reality-bending epic that befits the dreamy, R&B-tinged track, which also debuted today.
“The cloud and oxygen mask imagery represents the quite literal ‘breath of fresh air’ the song expresses in each chorus,” the band tells Billboard. “We are brought to life when with our partners, we are able to see more clearly, and without them, we feel disoriented and disconnected.”
The pair adds, “The song and video also represent an ever-changing idea of someone, but being connected to them is vital.”
From his time working as director, editor and cinematographer on the production, O’Brien describes RKCB as “artists who can convey the soul and passion of life through their music. They are the true essence of art and creativity.”
As a song that is set up to directly follow their previous work, “Alone With You Pt. 2” not only builds on the visual story that began in 2017, but takes the group to a completely new space.
Check out the video for “Alone With You Pt. 2” below.