Soundtrack Scene: Sia Says Hello to The Neon Demon

siaA photo of Sia (via Celebuzz)

In addition to her five Grammy nominations, alternative songstress-turned-pop chanteuse Sia has landed two Golden Globe nominations for songs she’s contributed to films. However, the motion-picture academy has yet to recognize her work. Will 2016 be the year that changes?

While the vocal powerhouse behind “Chandelier” and “Breathe Me” co-wrote “Try Everything” for Disney’s recent masterpiece Zootopia – no, it’s not too early to say that – something tells me that a song so poppy won’t impress AMPAS’ music branch – especially when the song failed to hit it big on pop radio.

But Sia may have another shot for a completely different kind of picture. The Playlist reports that she has contributed a new song, titled “Waving Goodbye,” to the soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon. The soundtrack will also feature two new songs from Julian Winding – “The Demon Dance” and “Mine,” the latter to be performed by Sweet Tempest.

The film, to be distributed by Amazon Studios, centers on an aspiring model, played by Elle Fanning, who chases her dreams by moving to Los Angeles, only for a group of beauty-obsessed women to devour her youth and vitality.

It doesn’t quite sound like awards fare, but Amazon seems keen to get its pics on the festival circuit and into the Oscar conversation. Sight unseen, Sia’s track looks like Neon Demon’s best bet for a nomination. As mentioned before, she’s no stranger to film soundtracks: She scored Golden Globe bids for Burlesque (2010) and Annie (2014) and wrote songs for, in addition to other films, last year’s Fifty Shades of Grey and Pitch Perfect 2.

Like most great movie tunes, Sia’s tend to up the emotional ante of the films in which they appear. In Fifty Shades of Grey, her “Salted Wound” sets the scene more than the misused “Love Me Like You Do” and the Oscar-nodded “Earned It.” And “Flashlight” from Pitch Perfect 2 evolves throughout the film, like its in-narrative songwriter played by Hailee Steinfeld.

Amazon has yet to set a release date for The Neon Demon, but given that the soundtrack drops (on CD and digital) on June 24 with a vinyl release on July 9, expect to see the film sometime around there. Also, we’re anticipating a Cannes bow for the thriller; we should know before the end of the week (!!!)

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