Mutya Keisha Siobhan’s ‘Flatline’ is a sad song about the end of a relationship wrapped up in a pretty melody. Siobhan’s first verse is about a drunken argument and the chorus is about a relationship dying, before Mutya sings about the fact that even crying through all the pain won’t make it right during the second verse.
All this makes the sun-dappled, Instagram-filtered, beach-modelling, arm-waggling, high-fashion video – which ‘premiered’ at midnight last night/this morning/whatever – pretty baffling, the whole thing screaming ‘WE’RE NOT MOODY AND ALOOF ANYMORE YOU GUYS’ while losing a bit of what makes them special.
It’s not bad, per se, it just doesn’t really help the song and weirdly has the feel of a behind the scenes video of a music video – or, worse, a behind the scenes video of a photoshoot. In fact, the director, KT Auleta, is primarily a fashion photographer.
Still, the first video to feature Siobhan, Mutya and Keisha together since 2001’s ‘Soul Sound’ (basic premise: three girls house-sitting for a rich family friend), is worth celebrating, so here are the Top 8 moments.
I’m not sure what sort of hat this is to be honest. Is it just a fancy beret, worn at a jaunty angle? It certainly has the whiff of something French. Regardless, not everyone can ‘rock’ a hat and Keisha does it very well, so credit where credit is due.
MUTYA’S DOUBLE HIGH FIVE
In a lot of ways, Mutya is the real star of the show here. Whether it’s carrying her shoes while trying to run across boiling hot sand, or peering over mirrored sunglasses, you can’t take your eyes off her. There’s a great bit where a normal member of the public is beckoned over to the ‘girls’ and Mutya does a really exuberant double-high five that involves an often under-used backfoot-propelled launch. Siobhan, as you can see, can only stand back and admire.
THE MAN WAVING BEHIND SIOBHAN
There are a lot of extras in the video, most of them only appearing briefly before another edit jumps in and shows us some more arm-waggling (more on that later). So I could have picked the man in his pyjamas who does a handstand, or the small child that gets a wave from Keisha when they’re all sat on a motorbike thing, but the real star is the man at the popcorn/ice cream stand who waves at the camera behind an oblivious Siobhan. Take a bow young man.
PUG ON A SKATEBOARD
I mean, come on.
MUTYA WAVING AT SIOBHAN WHILE A TOPLESS MAN CARRIES HER AWAY
SO MUCH ARM-WAGGLING
The director’s, er, directions for this video seem to have been, ‘when in doubt, just put your arms in the air’. It happens a lot. Sometimes they all do it unison, with both arms. Sometimes one of them will put both hands in the air, while the other two only raise one, and during one awful moment, Siobhan forgets and doesn’t do it at all, choosing instead to point her arms downwards. :(
THE UNEXPECTED MARCHING BAND BIT
All videos would be improved by an unexpected marching band, specifically if they suddenly arrive in a desert scenario. This is the only part of the video that calls for any real ‘acting’, with the three ‘girls’ looking shocked before jumping out of the car and joining in for some mum dancing and general jumping up and down. There’s a lot of arm-waving in this section.
SIOBHAN HITTING THE BRAKES SUDDENLY AS THEY DRIVE OVER THE HILL
Just as Siobhan (sensible designated driver incarnate) drives the car over the crest of the hill, she suddenly hits the brakes as if she’s seen something terrible.
What has she seen? Perhaps we will find out in the band’s next video. TO BE CONTINUED.