T aylor Swift has released a stark music video to match her moody folk-ballad “Safe & Sound,” the singer’s contribution to the “Hunger Games” soundtrack.
In the video, Swift wanders in wintery scenes from rural, Appalachia-seeming environs: bare trees, paint-stripped walls, empty fields, a deer in the fog. Her co-writers for the slow-building song, the Civil Wars, appear periodically to strum and sing.
Billboard caught up with Joy Williams and John Paul White of the Civil Wars at the Grammys on Sunday, where they talked about working with Swift and the song’s producer, T Bone Burnett.
Of “Safe & Sound,” they noted that the song was knocked out over the course of just four hours. “You don’t say no when T Bone calls,” Williams said. White joked of Taylor, “We told her to stop using us to further her career.”
The song was released back in December and has since peaked at No. 30 on the Hot 100. Swift contributes another song to the soundtrack, titled “Eyes Wide Open.”
“Safe & Sound” is the lead-off song from the “Hunger Games” soundtrack, with drops March 20. The film, based on the book series by Suzanne Collins, hits theaters March 23.