While the 80’s may have ended thirty-three years ago, it seems as though they are very much back in style and we at THP are definitely not mad about it. With unmissable and captivating TV shows like Stranger Things, the return of the padded blazer, and songs like The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights,’ the 80’s are back and better than ever. And, just when we thought we couldn’t love this trend anymore, POESY has blessed our eyes and ears with the 80’s inspired pop banger, ‘Cynthia.’
As much as we would like to gatekeep this song and have it all to ourselves, we simply couldn’t not tell you everything about this new release. So, today we’re here to introduce you to both our new favorite song, ‘Cynthia,’ and to the queen of dark pop herself, POESY.
Who is POESY?
POESY, or Sarah Botelho, is a classically trained singer who got her start on the Canadian music competition show, The Launch. She then landed a deal with Big Machine Records and has since released singles such as ‘Body Language,’ ‘Diamonds,’ and her more recent song ‘Multiply,’ a heavy alternative track with a witch-y vibe that we simply adore. Through these releases, POESY has cultivated a signature sense of whimsical darkness that makes her discography feel wholly unique and instantly recognizable. She’s definitely one you’re going to want to keep your eye on in the future!
The video depicts a couple in 1979 at a seemingly very normal prom, however things very quickly go awry when people start turning into zombies and eating each other. Now, we love a party as much as the next person, but are seriously glad that we didn’t get invited to this prom. When discussing the video, POESY stated:
“I love that it’s not taking itself too seriously. And as a big classic horror fan, I’m so happy with the video and how it really has that old school cheesy haunted prom atmosphere. I hope it’s a tune everyone puts on and dances to with their friends while they fantasize about their crush. Cynthia very much shows my scorpio moon — if I’m into you, I’m really into you. Obsession can be intoxicating.”
While the video itself is set in 1979, POESY has stated that the song is heavily influenced by the 80’s and this is abundantly evident both in the visuals of the music video and in the actual song itself. You can really see POESY’s classic horror and 80’s movie influences throughout the video, with prom scenes being a staple in numerous 1980s movies, notably in films like Grease and Back To The Future. It perfectly fits the vibe of the song and we, honestly, think it would work great as an actual horror movie plot. We also couldn’t help but notice the dance routine performed by the prom attendees that felt very reminiscent of the routine performed by the zombie’s in Michael Jackson’s iconic ‘Thriller’ music video, also released in the 1980’s.
The song itself is equally as remarkable and certainly would not sound out of place on any 80’s film soundtrack. Lyrically, the song is about a queer romance and POESY wanting to be in a relationship with the character Cynthia. The cheesy-wholesomeness of the lyrics starkly contrast the video, bringing another element of fun and lightheartedness to the song.
The song starts out more minimalistic, allowing for POESY to fully show-off her rich and siren-like vocals. It then picks up in the chorus and second verse, using an addictive bass riff that sounds funky yet smooth. It also uses synth string sounds that emphasise the haunting quality of POESY’s vocals whilst also reminding us of classic slasher horror movies. Perhaps another call-back to POESY’s love of the genre?
In case we haven’t made it clear enough, we absolutely love this new release and are seriously counting down the days till its release on August 5th.