Due to my soul, or lack of one, there are a few Holiday tracks that make my rotation. Cyn’s cover of the Frank Loesser-penned 1947 classic, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” becomes a refreshing nod that will sit comfortably in anyone’s collection as we wrap up the year.
Since the track’s first release, originally recorded by Margaret Whiting, many artists have flocked to cover the song, such as Ella Fitzgerald, The Carpenters, Andy Williams, and Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon Levitt. CYN’s take pulls from classic Hollywood and lounges in a quaint, jazz arrangement. Shorter than the original and tender in its tempo, removing extended piano play, CYN’s amber-tone is elegant in sound and visual.
Taking the track to Los Angeles’ YouTube Space, the video continues the vintage homage. CYN emerges in an isolated space, breathing the intimacy of the question. Garnished in a deep, emerald green gown and sung beneath a warm gaze, the video’s polish is of an older luxury. “I had a daydream about being in an emerald dress and singing this song— just all around classic vibes! I knew immediately August Getty would have a dress for me,” shares CYN in a press release regarding the inspiration for the video.
“I was envisioning Dorothy taking a pit stop off of the yellow brick road to sing a song to an audience that is never revealed, and thanks to my friend Remy Le Boeuf (who helped me with the instrumental arrangement) and my friends at YouTube, my daydream came true just in time for the holidays.”
With the right amount of subdued vocal runs, a modern touch heard from pop crooners towards the end of this decade, CYN’s controlled and dreamy touch wraps a listener in a festive optimism for the new year.