Underground pop superstar and poppers enthusiast Charli XCX unleashed her third studio album Charli last Friday, a turbo-charged, synth-heavy deconstruction of contemporary pop music featuring some of today's most singular artists: Kim Petras, Christine and the Queens, Tommy Cash, Brooke Candy, and Cupcakke, just to name a few. The album closed with "2099," XCX's second collaboration with Troye Sivan; the song is a futuristic follow up to their '90s nostalgia bop "1999." All of Charli sounds like the future of pop music, but "2099" takes the two artists to the literal future, the perfect comedown for a post-apocalyptic afterparty.
On Tuesday, XCX released the music video for "2099," which sees the pair racing across California's Lake Piru on a pair of jet skis, tailed by what may be the four horsemen (or women, or neither!) of the apocalypse.
Charli XCX recently told Paper that she finds the outro of "2099" to be "so over-the-top and aggressive." She said, "It just really feels like you're taking off into space at the end." Because the journey to Charli's release began with "1999," she added: "[It] felt kind of poetic, I suppose, to end on '2099' with Troye, going to the future, different year. I guess it's the most conceptual decision I had made [for the album]. It's funny because I don't really do that. You can read into it as much as you want, but also if you don't want to, it's fine."