Review: ‘folklore: the long pond studio sections’

International superstar Taylor Swift recently released her documentary concert film on Disney+ called folklore: the long pond studio sections. She performs an intimate concert for her fans and she did not disappoint.

This documentary concert film centers around Swift and the work she made with her eighth studio album folklore. She worked with Jack Antonoff and Justin Vernin, the co-producers of the album. All three are working with Swift in the movie and all are based at Dessner’s Long Pond recording studio in Upstate New York.

The international superstar has written and recorded her latest album while being in quarantine. After folklore’s release it received positive feedback and two Grammy nominations. However, in this film she talks to her producers about the making of each track in the collection.

Each song had a message about herself and others. She explains how each song talks about being in quarantine, personal struggles that people go through and special moments in a person’s life. Swift opens up about her process in a deep and emotional way.

She performed each track in the recording studio in chronological order. In each performance, Swift demonstrated real success. Her vocals, the messages in the songs and her new indie folk and alternative rock sound made the concert enjoyable.

One song that caught my attention was ‘exile’ featuring Bon Iver. When they recorded and performed that track they couldn’t be in the same room due to the pandemic. But, they were filmed singing the song despite being in different locations. It was a nice way to keep the song alive.

Towards the end of the film, Swift and her team released their bonus track “the lakes.” This indie ballad reflects on Swift’s semi-retirement in Windermere, the largest lake in England. The guitar playing along with her vocals had me engaged.

This new Disney+ movie is a sweet and emotional gift for Taylor Swift fans. Bottom line, folklore: the long pond studio sections is a movie worth watching.

“Featured Image via Variety


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