A few days ago, the music video for Mutya Keisha Siobhan’s new single ‘Flatline’ premiered. It’s received a relatively negative response online, with many believing the girls blew the budget on the flights to LA and filmed it on Mutya’s Blackberry.
The thing is… everybody is wrong. Whilst the scenes are incredibly choppy and fast, when you slow it down, there are some FABULOUS moments – and I’m going to highlight just a few of those for you.
Siobhan’s Fabulous Singular Earring
Siobhan’s fabulous earring features at several points in the video, but I believe the image below captures just how fabulous it makes her feel. Nothing’s as daring as a straight girl wearing a singular earring, and Siobhan knows it.
Mutya’s Awkward and Hesitant High Five
She seemed somewhat unsure about this.
The Attention Seeking Man
At first glance, I thought this was Heidi on her ice-skates in a desperate attempt to keep her new-found career as a Reality TV star afloat. But once I slowed the footage down, it was just an attention seeking man.
Siobhan Cleverly Self Referencing Her Solo Work to Earn A Few Extra Quid
Siobhan’s taken a big risk by rejoining the girls, particularly after all the public slanging matches in the past. But she has a backup plan. By cleverly positioning herself in situations similar to those in her own videos (cruising in a car, wearing a floaty metallic dress whilst walking across an idyllic landscape) she’s reminding the masses that her two fabulous albums are still available on iTunes for just £4.99 each.
This ‘90s TV Commercial’-Inspired Sunglasses Moment
Mutya’s Matching Lipstick
As I mentioned in my previous Mutya Keisha Siobhan-related article, Mutya is a style icon. Her ‘just downed a bottle of whisky and smoked 20 cigarettes’ look is sexy as fuck, and her futuristic ghetto robot look at the 2003 Brit Awards was a style triumph. She’s somewhat toned things down nowadays, but there’s no way on Earth she hadn’t pre-planned this lipstick/surfboard combination. Matched to perfection.
The Incredibly Unlikely Fan
Mutya Keisha Siobhan haven’t been around long enough for me to work out their fanbase. From what I can tell so far, the majority are 20 something gay boys with a penchant for left-field pop music, but it’s likely that a new generation will join the troops. However, the guy who eagerly gets his photo taken with them in the video looks as though he’d be more of a Meatloaf fan if I’m quite honest. Either way, he’s just happy to be there.
The Incessant Raising of Arms
One thing that quite a few people have picked up on is the amount of times the girls raise their arms throughout the video. I took the time out to count just how many raised arms there were, and it totaled 136. This worked out at 1.7 raised arms per second, which quite frankly I think is quite the achievement.
Siobhan’s Refusal to Clap
Keisha’s Flag Moment
As the video approaches its climax, we see the girls follow a nice marching band that appear to have casually turned up in the desert. Within the space of two shots, we see Keisha go from sneaking behind them mischievously, to becoming the FLAG BEARER. Classic Keisha. If you’d have left it 5 more minutes, she’d have kicked half the band out and replaced them with new members.