Taylor Swift will be releasing her new song “Carolina” tonight, a theme for the movie “Where the Crawdads Sing,” she revealed on her social media this morning.
The song, which plays over the end credits of the film, arrives three weeks before the release of ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, which hits theaters on July 15.
The upcoming drop was revealed in an image on the artist’s Instagram Story. She hasn’t added any additional lyrics about the tune, though she’ll likely have more to say when the song arrives tonight.
It’s the first freshly written song Swift has released since her ‘Evermore’ album in late 2020, though the artist has since released remakes and previously unheard bonus tracks from her series of re-recorded catalog albums.
Hardcore fans already had a pretty good idea that the tune would arrive tonight. On Tuesday of this week, the official Instagram account for “Where the Crawdads Sing” posted certain capitalized messages that were, sequentially, spelled “Carolina This Thursday,” using the method Swift herself used when sending secret messages in the lyrics for some of her early albums.
Additional information on the number was passed on by the film team in a roundtable discussion about the film livestreamed on Jne 13.
The song was recorded in one take, using only instruments that existed in the early 1950s, when the first part of “Where the Crawdads Sing” is set – points of interest revealed by Reese Witherspoon, who produced the film, and director Olivia Newman in a recent roundtable discussion.
Swift “wrote this beautiful letter to us,” Newman said, explaining how they chose instruments that were only available before 1953 and she recorded it in one take as they were recording songs back then. † The first time I listened to it, I started to roar and say, “I don’t know what’s happening to me now.” I mean, I like to sing along to Taylor Swift songs, but I never cry like that.”
The song was written to spec and then submitted out of the blue by Swift, the filmmakers revealed.
Witherspoon said: “She read this book and loved it so much, and then she heard we were making a movie [during the period] she was making her ‘Folklore’ album and then she wrote a song with that whole ‘Folklore’ team, which was so terrifying and magical and beautiful.”
“She had started writing this song out of sheer inspiration and basically said, ‘I don’t know if you’ll like it, but here it is,'” Newman confirmed.
The tune’s existence was first revealed in a March 22 trailer for the film featuring excerpts from the song. Swift posted on Instagram at the time that “Carolina” was produced by Aaron Dessner, a primary collaborator of “Folklore” and “Evermore,” her last few more acoustically based albums, both released in 2020. “I wanted to create something ghostly and ethereal to bring this enchanting story,” she wrote at the time.
The director said in the recent livestream discussion that Swift’s song reflects the tone of the story’s ending as it plays over the credits. “We wanted to leave the audience with the same kind of emotional feeling” that impacted the source novel’s readers, Newman said, “and her song taps into exactly that.”
Past original songs Swift has written or co-written for feature films include “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (featuring Zayn Malik)” for “Fifty Shades Darker” in 2016, “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’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home” for “The Hannah Montana Movie” in 2009.
Swift will be too On hitting the screens this fall, with a role in director David O. Russell’s ‘Amsterdam’, which represents her first substantial acting role in a drama. She has previously appeared in ‘Cats’, ‘The Giver’, ‘Valentine’s Day’ and the animated film ‘The Lorax’.