Taylor Swift is taking fans inside the making of her Folklore album with a new concert film and documentary, announcing Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions.
Set to arrive on Disney Plus just before Thanksgiving, the new film finds Swift and her Folklore team playing each one of the album’s 17 tracks live — and should also provide some insight into the secretive project. A trailer for the project shows Swift with her album’s collaborators performing together in a secluded upstate New York studio, and offering their thoughts on the LP’s remarkable genesis.
“It’s an album that allows you to feel your feelings, and it’s a product of isolation,” Swift says in the preview. “This could have been a time where I absolutely lost my mind, and instead I think this album was a real floatation device for both of us.”
Folklore was created in secret as COVID-19 forced lockdowns last spring, with Swift teaming up with The National’s Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff of Bleachers and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Using soft, folk-inspired instrumentation and confessional storytelling, it was a project unlike anything she’d done before, and the album was released to excited acclaim in July. But Swift’s concert film actually marks the first time her team had ever been in the same room. It will also mark the first time fans have seen the new songs performed.
“It makes you think about life a lot, where this one moment could effect life forever,” she says of how life changed in 2020, leading to the album’s creation.
Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions will debut at midnight Wednesday (November 25) on Disney Plus. Taylor Swift was recently dubbed the Artist of the Year at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, which she told fans she did not attend because she is re-recording all her previous albums. Fans have rallied behind the star as the rights to her iconic early work have been sold without her consent to a series of investment groups.
The singer also earned multiple GRAMMY nominations including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Folklore, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance with “Cardigan,” Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with “Exile” featuring Bon Iver and Best Song Written for Visual Media with “Beautiful Cats” on the Cats Soundtrack.