Less than a week after destroying our hearts in a single short film and releasing the reddest music video ever, Taylor Swift is back to breaking the internet once again. How, you may be wondering?
Proving that she’s a total queen of productivity, Swift released a ‘sad girl autumn version’ of All Too Well. Can’t you let us recover a bit, Taylor?
For this version of her 2012 song, Swift teamed up with The National‘s Aaron Dresser and Jonathan Low. This rendition is a slower piano-led ballad that puts Swift’s vocals on the forefront as she croons her heart out for ten minutes.
Swifties may be aware of this but Swift has already collaborated with Dresser for her 2020 album Folklore, which is why this particular track may be reminiscent of the album’s vibe.
“One of the saddest songs I’ve ever written just got sadder,” she wrote on social media. “Drove up to Long Pond Studios to record ‘All Too Well (Sad Girl Autumn Version)’ with the besties.”
Needless to say, Swifties all over the world have been raving about the newest version of an already depressing song. You may be wondering why Swift has been re-releasing her old albums though.
Why make such an effort given that they’re already out in the world for people to enjoy anyway? Well, as per Time Magazine, her old record company, Big Machine Records, sold masters of her previous albums to private-equity group Ithaca Holdings, an entity owned by powerhouse music manager Scooter Braun. He then sold her masters to another company, Shamrock Holdings, for a reported $300 million in 2019.
Swift tried to purchase her masters herself but was barred from making such a transaction. In turn, Swift is re-recording her old work in hopes of overriding those archival works with these new versions. Thus, there is value in supporting songs that have Taylor’s Version attached to them. With the gems being released left and right, it looks like fans are the real winners, right?
Art Daniella Sison