Decoding the overarching mystery in Charli XCX’s ‘2099’ is, yes, futile, but we all need to do something with the time.
The music video begins with Charli XCX emerging from a cloud of smoke, as she jet skis away from a motorboat that had been set on fire.
Not long after, Troye Sivan in a helmet trails her, also on a jet ski.
Before anything else, it must be said that Charli XCX chose to wear an unconventional jet skiing outfit for this occasion: what looks like an Edwardian undergarment with puffy sleeves, a corset (the same one Troye Sivan wore to cosplay Pamela Anderson?), rouched cycling shorts, and presumably some hype-y crepes.
Back to the action. It starts to become clear why Troye Sivan would need a helmet and Charli XCX doesn’t. Because a body double with visibly much larger arms would start jet ski-cartwheeling on the water, or whatever that’s called.
Amid all the glorious water stunts, Charli XCX doesn’t pay attention. She just continues to sing, “Woo, killing, I’m so deadly, deadly…”
Troye Sivan then jumps on Charli XCX’s jet ski. They’re friends after all.
The video ends with the duo jet skiing away from the mountainous shore, followed by four guys on jet skis. They look directly at the camera with a look of toughness and accomplishment.
By the way, this all happens in the future, in 2099.