Carly Rae Jepsen once drove the pop conversation at the top of the mainstream charts with one of the biggest singles of the modern era; now, in a post-“Call Me Maybe” world, we’re living in a time where the 31-year-old Canadian is settling firmly into a creative resurgence despite a dramatic commercial decline, with a newfound uptick in quality that sees even her rejected album cuts snatching the wigs of industry competition.
One of such tracks, “Cut to the Feeling,” leaked online over the weekend, teasing an addictive, sugary-sweet dance-pop ditty with a soaring chorus and upbeat production. The song — which appears in the French-Canadian animated film Ballerina — was cut from Jepsen’s 2016 compilation album E•MO•TION: Side B, which features tunes that didn’t make the final track list of her 2015 pop bible E•MO•TION.
“That was definitely from the era of E·MO·TION. That was actually a contender for [E·MO·TION: Side B] and, originally, the first album,” Jepsen previously told EW of the song. “It was almost too cinematic and theatrical. I was like, ‘If I had my way with it, this would be great for a musical or movie!'”
In addition to contributing music to the film, Jepsen also voices one of its characters, Odette.
“When Ballerina came along, I met with people as I was doing the voiceover for [the character Odette] and they were showing me a couple scenes. There was one in particular where they were like, ‘We’re looking for the right song for this, do you have anything?'” she continued. “I was like, ‘Actually, this has been in my back pocket. I’ve been saving it for the B-sides, but if this works for you guys, I’d be stoked to share it.'”
Ballerina will be released domestically under the title Leap! this fall, though it began a slow overseas rollout at the tail end of last year. The audio for “Cut to the Feeling” — which can be heard on SoundCloud here — was likely ripped from the film’s Blu-ray release.