Taylor Swift has already brought out a Netflix documentary movie and a Disney+ concert doc this year, so the announcement of another Disney+ concert doc this week was somewhat surprising. But, whadyaknow, it’s really good!
In Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (note: Long Pond is actually the name of the studio, it’s not like her little Spotify bundles with kooky names), she, Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff play through the entire record, The Lakes and all, and have little chats about the making of and/or stories behind each song along the way.
The ~media is obviously latching on to the ~revelation that William Bowery – the mysteriously unknown bloke with a writing credit – is actually Taylor’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn; but there’s plenty of other fascinating little nuggets in there too.
I love, for example, that one of the key thoughts behind My Tears Ricochet was the fact that the villains in superhero stories are often former friends or colleagues who turned sour; and I love that the lyrics for Peace essentially came from Taylor writing the opposite of what Aaron’s instrumental motifs brought to her mind.
There’s an extended edition of the album available to stream and download too, with a second ‘disc’ featuring all those Long Pond recordings. This percussion-free iteration of This Is Me Trying is an easy highlight for me, although I’ll never turn my nose up at that bridge in August, no ma’am!