Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week. But what if you don’t have time to watch every video — maybe you have a deadline, a hungry pet, or other grown-up concerns. In consideration of your schedule, Lizzie and Kaitlyn bring you a series called One Video. Each week we’ll tell you “one video” you need to watch, why, and for how long.
This week’s video: “Flatline (Ramzoid Remix)” by Oyinda
Kaitlyn: Welcome to the first fall installment of One Video, where “fall” means “immediately after Labor Day” because Lizzie and I are not scientists. We’re just observers of our environment, and my environment doesn’t include school-age children doing pull-ups on walk signal poles in the middle of the day anymore.
As it is officially fall, we have selected a music video for a song called “Flatline,” which is a reference to when a heart stops contracting and produces a “flat line” on an electrocardiogram, indicating death. As far as other videos we considered, I’ll let Lizzie explain why there were unsuitable conclusions to your work week.
Lizzie: This week, there was a Kelly Clarkson video that mashed together CGI, choreography, and any other music video trope you can think of; there was a Beck video starring a teenage superhero (unfortunately, the song sounds like a Phoenix B-side); and there was a Zayn video starring Jemima Kirke as Zayn’s wig-wearing criminal sidekick. Girls ended months ago, y’all!
Who is Oyinda and who is Ramzoid?
Kaitlyn: Oyinda is a British-Nigerian singer who is currently living in the great city of New York, in the medium-bad country of the United States. She makes quiet, moody electropop music that might make you want to draw on the walls with lip gloss or stare at your face in a webcam until your eyes look like black holes. She self-released her first single, “Rush of You,” in 2014.
Lizzie: Ramzoid, who remixed “Flatline,” is, according to his Instagram, a “music producer guy” and, according to his SoundCloud, 19 years old and from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Here he is remixing an a cappella version of Post Malone’s “Congratulations.” He says Post Malone is his hero.
What’s special about “Flatline (Ramzoid Remix)” by Oyinda:
Kaitlyn: Uh, it’s a 360-degree view of a magical statue garden. You can explore the garden and the surrounding (very spiky) mountains by dragging your cursor across the screen, or you can just chill out and let it all happen. “Flatline” is from Oyinda’s 2016 EP Restless Minds, and this remix is part of a three-part project she was recently interviewed about for Pigeons and Planes. She told P&P, "Each environment encapsulates the mood of the remix, and the 360-degree component allows viewers to fully immerse themselves within it. That’s something I’ve always hoped my music can do for listeners, and with these 360-degree videos I can make that a reality."
Lizzie: This video is actually one of a series of three 360-degree videos, all featuring different remixes of “Flatline.” There’s also an Empress Of remix (theme: snow and ice) and a Canteen Killa remix (theme: underwater-ish).
I like this one the most though. The theme is mountain shards and panic.
How long everyone should watch “Flatline (Ramzoid Remix)” by Oyinda:
Kaitlyn: As with all interactive video experiences, my recommendation is that you watch until you become physically ill, at which point you should stop, turn to the person next to you, and say, “I feel physically ill.” Then, unwilling to really deal with you or your problems, they’ll probably suggest that you leave work early. Then you can say, “Oh, well if you think I should?” And then you can go home.
Lizzie: Unlike many One Video winners, this one is not a feel-good choice. If it makes you feel a little car sick and a little trapped, I think that’s the point. It’s important, I think, to challenge the bounds of your comfort, sitting in your desk chair, thinking, “Ooh, oh, thank you, that’s quite enough now.”
It’s cold outside, you deserve a second video:
Kaitlyn: For you, y-y-you, you, you.
Lizzie: It’s not that cold, but it is... cold.