Taylor Swift drops her latest album as a surprise on July 24th 2020. Swift says in an Instagram post: “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.”
She then adds “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.”
The album features 16 tracks including one track with the legendary Bon Iver. And if you purchase a physical copy on her website, a bonus seventeenth track called “the lakes” is added into the track listing.
The album gives me safe and sound vibes which is a non-album song of Swift’s. I don’t know if others feels the same way as I do about Folklore but that is just my own opinion. I also think that the album will be different in sound from all of her albums so far.
The stand out tracks for me is Exile featuring Bon Iver and Betty. I don’t know what they are about just but I’m sure that Taylor sneakily added some easter eggs that hints at something that she’s been through.
As Swift says that Folklore is written and recorded in isolation but that doesn’t mean that she couldn’t collaborate with Bon Iver, Aaron Dessner, William Bowery (whoever that is. *cough* Joe Alwyn *cough*), and Jack Antonoff, just to name a few.
According to Lauren Lipman, Swift will most likely be singing lyrics like “but I knew you playing hide and seek and giving me your weekends / I knew you / your heartbeats on high lines in twenty lifetimes and when I felt like I was an old cardigan under someone else’s bed / you put me on and said I was your favorite” but we don’t know that just yet. All we know is that Taylor Swift’s album will be worth the wait.
Swift states in a YouTube chat that “folklore is wistful and full of escapism. Sad, beautiful, tragic. Like a photo album full of imagery, and all the stories behind that imagery.” Swift also revealed that she “wrote My Tears Ricochet alone and it was the first one that I wrote for this album” and that the “one thing [she] did purposely on [the] album was put the Easter eggs in the lyrics, more than just the videos. [She] created character arcs and recurring themes that map out who is singing about who.”
One song on the album is about “a lost romance and why young love is often fixed so permanently within our memories. Why it leaves such an indelible mark.”
“I’m so excited,” Swift states. “I feel like dumping a whole bottle of wine over my head. I’m not going to though. Because in this house, we don’t waste wine.”
- What song are you most excited to hear and why?
- Do you have a favorite TS Era?
- Which song did you first hear from Taylor?