Following the release of their final album Beyond Ugly in March, Malachai have unveiled the video for new single ‘Sweet Flower’, which is released on June 16th. The anthemic and vengeful soliloquy is – according to frontman Gee – “about innate optimism, that deepest innocent part of you that dies a little each time the world wrongs you and how ‘over-thinking’ and obsessive natures separate us from it even further”
The video, which follows the central character as he scrounges and steals before setting to work in an abandoned storage facility on a large, mechanical structure builds on the song’s core theme. Gee explains the video’s story…
“The ‘protagonist’ – finally stripped of his last thread of hope – storms around bitterly snatching items that relate to his past in the hope that collectively they might help piece together what went wrong. Instead he’s just left in a loop of his own guilt and remorse, a prisoner in his own mind replaying his memories over and over repeatedly in a futile quest to peel back the episodes and – perhaps – re-discover his ‘sweet flower’ “
The last panel in the band’s Ugly triptych, Beyond Ugly ‘s completion came as a shock to all concerned, least of all the group. After the conclusion of the campaign for their second album, Return To The Ugly Side, members Gee Ealey and Scott Hendy drifted apart with no definitive plans to take up arms together. It was a chance meeting in Bristol that drew the two back into one another’s orbit and to the realization that there was some unfinished monkey business. The duo re-engaged slowly and Beyond Ugly began to take shape, featuring appearances from Geoff Barrow (Portishead) and Serge Pizzorno (Kasabian).
With the trilogy complete, is this really where the Malachai story ends?