Unlike her previous album rollouts filled with ‘easter eggs,’ the release of Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album, folklore, came as a surprise to fans because of its unprecedented announcement.
The album has been described by Taylor as “wistful and full of escapism” that is also “sad, beautiful, tragic”:
[It’s] like a photo album full of imagery, and all the stories behind that imagery.
Tracks from the album were written and recorded by Taylor “in isolation” during the COVID-19 pandemic with the help of long-time collaborator Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner — from The National — who assisted Taylor in producing and co-writing eleven songs, Bon Iver who co-wrote and is featured on the track “exile” and William Bowery who co-wrote two songs.
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Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise 🤗Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine; @aarondessner (who has co-written or produced 11 of the 16 songs), @boniver (who co-wrote and was kind enough to sing on one with me), William Bowery (who co-wrote two with me) and @jackantonoff (who is basically musical family at this point). Engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, mixed by Serban Ghenea & Jon Low. The album photos were shot by the amazing @bethgarrabrant. Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys so much ♥️
Alongside the release of her album title, Taylor also dropped its tracklist and shared that the music video for “cardigan” will premiere the same night.
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