Taylor Swift on Disney+: Learn all about her new documentary
When Taylor Swift posted across all her social media a photograph of her sitting on a sofa, in a jumper, jeans, and socks, the fans knew something was up. Her caption was a dead giveaway, “not a lot going on at the moment.” The last time she posted a picture with this caption, she released an entire album – that we know as Folklore – made during the lockdown.
not a lot going on at the moment pic.twitter.com/54uGPH1ysF
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 22, 2020
So this time, when she brought life to our cottagecore fantasies with her photograph from a cosy cabin, fans started offering theories right away about a big announcement coming through. Fans flooded Twitter with a throwback to her previous post, drawing parallels & comparisons of her two posts.
One user wrote, “LAST TIME SHE DID THIS SHE STARTED RECORDING FOLKLORE. MS. SWIFT WHAT ARE YOU DOING.” Others speculated about the possibility of a new album. Some teased that she might be releasing the music video for one of her songs. The most popular song being bet on was “exile” from her quarantine-created album that also featured Bon Iver.
The theory to trump all theories
Some fans also speculated that the news might be related to her re-recording of her old songs. After all, the timing of the two things collided grandly: for those who don’t know, Swift’s Big Machine Label Group music catalog was purchased in June 2019 by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings. As recently as last week, news broke that the catalog has now been purchased by private equity fund Shamrock Holdings.
Swift maintained that she doesn’t want Braun to benefit or profit from the sale of her masters in any manner whatsoever. So she announced her plans to re-record her first five albums so she can own her music. When she made that cryptic post on her social media, fans quickly tried to connect these dots as well. Turns out, however, that the surprise the singer had for us is bigger than all these legal scuffles.
Her teaser didn’t keep the fans in the dark for too long as she announced on 24th November that she’s filmed a concert film for her cottagecore album Folklore and that the documentary will release on Disney+ the very next day! The documentary will be called Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions.
Diving into The Long Pond
The Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions documentary has been directed by Swift herself, and featured her collaborators & tight team of singer-songwriter Jack Antonoff, The National’s Aaron Dessner, and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. All of them will perform & share the stories behind the songs that they all managed to record while thousands of miles apart from each other.
It’s going to be truly interesting to see how they managed to create an album that’s meant so much for so many people during these hard times, considering the creation process was anything but usual.
Sharing the trailer of the documentary with the world, she commented, “Well it’s 11/24 and 24-11=13 so I’ve got an announcement. You haven’t seen this film before Sparkles folklore: the long pond studio sessions will be out tonight at midnight PST on @DisneyPlus.” When she says “you haven’t seen this film before”, she’s making a reference to the Bon Iver song “Exile” which quickly gained popularity with fans.
This isn’t Swift’s first time on Disney+ this year. She also released a film of her Paris surprise concert performance circa 2019 earlier this year. The film first aired on ABC and then streamed on Disney+ & Hulu. If there’s one person making the pandemic a whole lot bearable, it’s Taylor Swift.