Taylor Swift will release her new song, “Carolina”, theme from the movie “Where the Crawdads Sing”, tonight, she revealed on her social media this morning.
The song, which plays over the film’s end credits, arrives three weeks before the release of “Where the Crawdads Sing,” which is set to hit theaters on July 15.
The upcoming release was revealed in an image on the artist’s Instagram Story. She didn’t include any additional text about the song, though it’s likely she’ll have more to say when the song arrives tonight.
It marks the first newly written song Swift has released since her album “Evermore” in late 2020, though the artist has released remakes and previously unreleased bonus tracks from her series of re-recorded catalog albums in the interim.
Hardcore fans already had a good idea that the song would arrive tonight. On Tuesday of this week, the official Instagram account of “Where the Crawdads Sing” posted messages with certain capital letters that, together sequentially, formed “Carolina This Thursday”, using the method that Swift herself used to employ to send secret messages. . on the lyric sheets of some of her early albums.
Additional information about the number was passed along by the film crew in a roundtable on the film that was broadcast live on June 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” takes place – points of interest that were revealed by Reese Witherspoon, who produced the film, and the director Olivia Newman at a recent roundtable.
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 fell swoop the way they recorded music at the time. … The first time I heard it, I started crying and said, ‘I don’t know what’s happening to me right now.’ I mean, I love singing along to Taylor Swift songs, but I never cry like that.”
The song was written to specification and shipped out of the blue by Swift, the filmmakers revealed.
Said Witherspoon: “She read this book and loved it so much, and then she heard we were making a movie. [during the period] she was doing her ‘Folklore’ album and then she wrote a song with that whole ‘Folklore’ team that was so haunting and magical and beautiful.”
“She went and wrote this song out of pure inspiration and kind of said, ‘I don’t know if you’re going to like it, but here it is,’” Newman confirmed.
The song’s existence was first revealed in a March 22 trailer for the film that included snippets of the track. Swift posted on Instagram at the time that “Carolina” was produced by Aaron Dessner, a key contributor to “Folklore” and “Evermore,” her latest pair of more acoustic albums, both released in 2020. “I wanted to create something haunting. and ethereal to match this mesmerizing story,” she wrote at the time.
The director said in the recent live discussion that Swift’s music reflects the tone of the story’s ending, as it plays in the credits. “We wanted to leave audiences with the same kind of emotional feeling” that was impactful to readers of the source novel, Newman said, “and her music just leans into that.”
Previous original songs Swift has written or co-written for feature films include “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (with 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 also be about onscreen this fall with a role in director David O. Russell’s “Amsterdam,” which represents her first major role as an actress in a drama. Previously, she appeared in “Cats”, “The Giver”, “Valentine’s Day” and the animated film “The Lorax”.