Taylor Swift has Carolina on her mind on her new single, released at midnight Thursday — the first newly written original song released since the album Evermore in late 2020. But things are more exciting for her in that state of mind than It was for James Taylor.
“Carolina” is the ending theme for “Where the Crawdads Sing,” which doesn’t hit theaters for another three weeks — July 15, to be exact — and the song offers a glimpse into the moody, potentially disturbing climax, in which she and the heroine don’t feel The movie is definitely 22 years old.
As much as it is a direct outgrowth of Swift’s love of the source novel, fans may feel that the song is a throwback…all the way to the “folklore”/”Evermore” era two years ago, with lead producer on those albums, Aaron Dessner returning to the plate for an enhanced tune A little with Americana-friendly elements of mandolin and violin.
Swift provided more insight into the song in an Instagram post. She said, “About a year and a half ago, I wrote a song about an incredible story, the story of a girl who always lived outside, looking inside. Figuratively and literally. Her loneliness and independence juxtaposed. Her longing and stillness. Her curiosity and fear intertwined. Her insistence on her kindness…and the world’s betrayal of her.” I wrote this on my own in the middle of the night and then Aaron Desner and I worked meticulously to a sound we felt would be authentic by the time this story was happening. I wish you’d heard it one day.
Reese Witherspoon, the film’s producer, released her own statement about the song upon its midnight ET release: “Writing Taylor Swift a song for the movie based on these characters was the greatest gift we could get,. We got a call from Taylor and her team to tell us she had written a song, ‘Carolina’.” , which has a lot of haunting elements in the movie. I talked to her several times about the song’s inspiration and how he wrote it. She’s clearly a beautiful songwriter who understands a lot about folk and country music, and her appreciation for those genres is what made the song perfect for this movie. The brilliant and haunting Taylor Swift?”
The lyrics suggest that there are secrets that the main character, Kya, will keep until the end of the movie and beyond. “Oh, Carolina you know why they said for years / I was guilty as sinful and sleeping in a lying bed,” Swift sings in the final repetition of the chorus. “But sleep comes quickly and I won’t meet ghosts / It’s between me and the sand and the sea.”
It is not only reminiscent of “folklore” and “forever” at their quieter best, but also, as in Swift’s movie songs, of her decade-old collaboration with Civil Wars on “Safe and Sound” for “The Hunger Games.” “. “
Expectation has been high since Swift revealed in an Instagram Story post Thursday morning that the new song was coming soon. But it’s really been looming large in fans’ minds since the song debuted on March 22, at which time a trailer was released that includes excerpts from her song.
Additional information about the number was relayed by the filmmaking team at a roundtable about the film that went live on June 13.
The song was recorded in a single take, using instruments that were around in the early 1950s, when the first part of “Where the Crawdads Sing” – points of interest revealed by Reese Witherspoon, who produced the film, and director Olivia Newman – is set at a roundtable. modern.
“Swift wrote this wonderful letter to us,” Newman said, explaining how they chose instruments that were only available before 1953 and recorded them in one style the way they recorded songs at the time. … The first time I listened to it, I just started screaming and said, “I don’t know what’s happening to me now.” I mean, I love singing along with Taylor Swift songs but I never cry like that.”
The filmmakers revealed that the song was written to specifications and then sent by Swift in blue.
Witherspoon said, “I read this book and loved it so much, then I heard we were making a movie [during the period] She was making her own “folklore” album and then wrote a song with the whole “folklore” team, which was very charming and beautiful.”
Newman confirmed, “I went and wrote this song out of pure inspiration and kind of like, ‘I don’t know if you’ll like it, but here it is.'”
The presence of the melody was first revealed in the March 22 trailer for the film, which included excerpts from the track. Swift posted on Instagram while primary folklore and Evermore collaborator Aaron Desner was producing her latest sound-based albums, both released in 2020. “I wanted to create something scary and I wrote at the time.
The director said in a recent live broadcast discussion that Swift’s song echoes the tone of the story’s ending, as it plays to the credits. “We wanted to leave the audience with the same kind of emotional feeling” that had an effect on readers of the source novel, Newman said, “and her song just tends to that.”
Previous original songs that Swift has written or co-written for feature films include “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (featuring Zayn Malik)” to “Fifty Shades Darker” in 2016, and “Sweeter Than Fiction” for “One Chance” in 2013, “Safe and Sound” and “Eyes Open” for “The Hunger Games” in 2012, “Today Was a Fairytale” for “Valentine’s Day” in 2010 and “Crazier” and “You Always Find Your Way Back” Home” for the “Hannah Montana movie” in 2009.