Taylor Swift Does Not Announce a New Taylor's Version: New Song in the Where the Crawdads Sing Movie
Taylor Swift has been silent for a very long time by her new standards of actually being really present online. The Swifities have been getting itchy, but reflecting back on when I joined the fandom at the end of the 1989 era, I can truly say that we've all gotten greedy. Regardless, Ms. Swift has left us plenty of time to yell about whether it's 1989 Taylor's Version or Speak Now Taylor's Version that's coming next.
Turns out we were all wrong. Kind of. When I opened my Instagram and saw Taylor's profile picture at the top of my feed, I thought, "It's finally happening!" Really, it's only sorta. Taylor posted a video with a thumbnail of the courtroom, which was initially confusing because I love to jump to conclusions without having watched the video or read the caption. But it was quickly apparent that this was about a movie, not a new album.
If you even spent 2 seconds in a bookstore since 2019, you've likely seen Where The Crawdads Sing, which, the year I worked in a bookstore, felt like the most popular book on the planet. I'm sure many of you have read the book. I attempted to but just couldn't not get through the book. I actually tried to read it because of another one of my favorite musicians, Conan Gray. He talked incessantly about the book in 2020. I made a video reviewing all of the books Conan has talked about online on my YouTube channel if you're curious.
Where The Crawdads Sing also happens to be a favorite of Taylor's. She says that she "got absolutely lost in when I read it years ago." She goes on to say that when she found out that the film was in production, helmed by Reese Witherspoon, she immediately knew that she wanted to be involved with the music. "I wrote 'Carolina' alone and asked my friend, Aaron Dessner, to produce it. I wanted to create something haunting and ethereal to match this mesmerizing story," she says in the caption.
Ethereal is definitely the right word based on the gauzy, ghost-like track that plays throughout the movie trailer that Taylor posted. You can mostly hear the track at the end where Taylor also gets a full screen credit for her musical contribution. She notes that we'll "hear it fully soon," but for now, the clip would have to suffice. Either the song will come out before the movie airs to build hype, or Taylor has a stretched out version of the word "soon" because the movie isn't set to come to theaters until July.
So what does this mean for the wider Taylor Swift Cinematic Universe? It does seem to hint that perhaps this song is being announced now to tide us over for another few possible months until summer for the next announcement. Everyone has speculated 1989 TV will be a summer release, but we're running short on time for an announcement.
In the bigger picture, it seems like "Carolina" is a stand alone track that she created recently specifically for the film and inspired by the characters. Produced by Dessner, this song doesn't feel too far afield from a more haunting song like "my tears ricochet" on Folklore that are shrouded by fog and ghosts. This seems more like an extension from the Folklore/Evermore universe than it does a hint towards a potential vault track on a subsequent album. Taylor is also no stranger to releasing one off singles in support of movies she loves. Beyond lending her voice to The Lorax movie, her most popular film contributions are likely "Eyes Open" for the Hunger Game's movie and "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" with Zayn for the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack.
This new announcement does make me reflect back on the red herring of the Spirit Untamed announcement where "Wildest Dreams TV" was teased in the their movie trailer and then subsequently released after the song went viral on TikTok. Everyone thought that was pointing towards 1989 TV's release, but it's been nearly a year since then. Clearly Taylor has many different projects in the works even beyond the heaps of work for the re-recordings. "Carolina" proves a much needed reminder that anything is possible with Taylor Swift.
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