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Taylor’s swift new album

By | Published on Friday 24 July 2020

Taylor Swift

Who’s got an album out? Taylor Swift’s got an album out, that’s who. A new one. Brand new. It’s called ‘Folklore’ and she just announced it out of the blue yesterday.

“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”, she told fans yesterday, before announcing this new album. That being the thing she hadn’t planned.

The record is made up of “songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into”, she went on. “I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine”.

Those musical heroes include The National’s Aaron Dessner, who co-wrote and/or produced eleven of the album’s tracks. She also worked with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Jack Antonoff and someone called William Bowery. Who’s William Bowery? Well, many fans assume it’s a pseudonym for her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. Or her brother Austin. Or, for some reason, Joni Mitchell.

“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”, she concluded. “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”.

In an Instagram post, Dessner said: “I was excited and honoured when Taylor approached me in late April about maybe writing some songs remotely together. I had been isolating with my family but writing a ton of music in the first months of quarantine, which I shared. I thought it would take a while for song ideas to come and I had no expectations as far as what we could accomplish remotely. But a few hours after sharing music, my phone lit up with a voice memo from Taylor of a fully written version of a song – the momentum never really stopped”.

“I’ve rarely been so inspired by someone and it’s still hard to believe this even happened”, he went on. “These songs came together in such a challenging time … I’m very proud of all these songs and profoundly grateful to Taylor Swift for inviting me into and trusting me in her process. She is one of the most talented, hardworking and deeply caring artists I’ve ever encountered. There’s a palpable humanity and warmth and raw emotion in these songs that I hope you’ll love and take comfort in as much as I do”.

Yeah, so, the album is out now, and I’m slightly confused why you are still reading this and not listening intently to it at this point. Well, as you’ve read this far, you might as well watch the video for ‘Cardigan’: