Taylor Swift’s concert film arrived on Disney+ Wednesday at the perfect time to get cozy and learn a few things about the star and her creative process.
“Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions,” which clocks in at around an hour and 45 minutes, provides the kind of mood that comes with the soft comfort of sitting inside on a rainy day, wrapped in a “Cardigan” and enjoying a cup of tea while pondering the album’s deeper meanings and getting into one’s own feelings. In the film, which Swift directed, the singer performs every song from her chart-topping album in order, and reveals “stories and secrets behind all 17 songs,” according to a press release.
Swift shot the movie in September along with collaborators Aaron Dessner (The National), Jack Antonoff (Bleachers) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). When lockdown began, Swift says in the film’s opening, she “sort of unexpectedly started writing the new album.” In fact, a studio was built in her home to help make it happen. The resulting album is a reflection of that homey environment.