Once upon a time when I was graduating from high school, I had my heart set on winning either the History or English prize. However, to my parents’ astonishment and to my complete bafflement, I was awarded the math prize of all things. Math was not my forte to say the least, and my decent grades in the subject were only due to hardcore ritualistic math tutoring every Saturday morning for seven straight years. I was completely stunned as to why my teachers would recognize me in a subject that I had no love for at all. It was in that moment I realized that one could produce Picassos, but people will heap praise on the paint-by-numbers painting you threw together when you were bored and drunk.
If only our paint-by-number attempts resulted in diamond in rough pop perfections like Carly Rae Jepsen’s newest single, “Cut To The Feeling.” Released May 26th, 2017, “Cut To The Feeling” is one of the many outtakes from Carly’s Emotion album and the promotional single for the Weinstein Company’s French-Canadian animated film Leap! The film follows the journey of an orphan girl in the 1880s, who dreams of becoming a ballerina and lands a chance to audition for the celebrated Paris Opera Ballet. Starring the voices of Elle Fanning (20th Century Women), Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) and Maddie Ziegler (The Book of Henry), Leap! is to be released August 30th, 2017 in the US; the film, titled as Ballerina, was released in Europe in December 2016.
“Cut to the Feeling” has been steadily rising up the digital download charts and accumulated a wealth of positive buzz and acclaim. Emotion deserved a far better commercial reception than it received; sometimes the Borg hive mind driving popular taste is mind-boggling. If an album outtake results in an Emotion era hit for Carly, then I am all for softening my stance towards the fickle tastes of the masses.