Cyn has released “Uh Oh,” one of two original tracks she wrote and recorded for the Promising Young Woman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Listen to the darkly infectious song below. “Uh Oh” is one of two tracks from the soundtrack that Variety highlighted in a recent feature about possible contenders for Best Original Song honors at the Oscars.
Cyn talks about writing “Uh Oh” in this feature, which accompanied Refinery29’s exclusive premiere of the song. She worked closely with the film’s director and writer, Emerald Fennell, and song co-writers Matias Mora and Mia Minichiello, to create the music needed for a particular scene. Cyn, who performed “Uh Oh” at the 2020 Sundance ASCAP Music Café, tells Refinery29, “Working with Emerald was seamless. She sent me an email with lyric ideas and had a very clear idea of how the song should relate to the movie. The lyric ‘if it happened to you, what would you do?’ was taken directly from Emerald’s notes. Thank goodness she had such a confident idea of how the song should feel – that always helps!” Fennell served as Executive Soundtrack Producer, teaming up with music supervisor Sue Jacobs and Capitol Records.
“Drinks,” Cyn’s other contribution to the soundtrack, has amassed over 20 million global streams since its release earlier this year. Billie Eilish added it to her Apple Music radio show, “me & dad radio,” and Rolling Stone hailed it as a “Song You Need To Know.” “The Mixed Drinks Collection” features the stripped version of “Drinks” and remixes from quartet of renowned producers, all female – MNDR, NERVO, Uffie, and Ladyhawke. Cyn, who is signed to Katy Perry’s Unsub Records, has earned praise from Billboard for her “crisp, spirited pop sound carried by her timeless, all-embracing voice and literary lyrics.”
Focus Features will release the Sundance hit Promising Young Woman on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2020 in theaters domestically. IndieWire noted, “The film is filled with inspired soundtrack choices – a strings-heavy take on Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ teases before it reveals itself at the perfect moment, and an amusing use of an ‘It’s Raining Men’ cover sells Fennell’s pitch-black sense of humor early on.” Idolator said, “As for the soundtrack, there’s so much to love” while The Daily Beast hails it as “glorious.” Vice observed, “[Promising Young Woman] expertly uses femme pop songs to underscore its critically acclaimed twisted tale of trauma and revenge.” View the trailer, which features Anthony Willis’ orchestral arrangement of “Toxic,” HERE.
Those who pre-order the 16-track collection in digital format will instantly receive “Uh Oh” and “Drinks” plus DeathbyRomy’s take on The Weather Girls 1982 hit “It’s Raining Men” and Donna Missal’s interpretation of Cigarettes After Sex’s 2012 breakthrough single, “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby.”
The soundtrack also features previously unreleased tracks from MUNA and BLESSUS plus Carmen DeLeon’s cover of the Gerry Goffin-Carole King penned “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss”). Charli XCX’s “Boys,” Paris Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind,” Sky Ferreira’s “Downhill Lullaby” and Juice Newton’s “Angel of the Morning” are among the previously released tracks that Fennell employs to subvert the audience’s expectations over the course of the film. Other featured artists include Maya B and Lily & Madeleine.