Surprise! Taylor Swift releases new album ‘Folklore’

Surprise! Taylor Swift releases new album ‘Folklore’

What a lovely surprise from the Grammy Award-winning singer.

Taylor Swift new album
Taylor Swift music video/ YouTube screenshot

Taylor Swift has released a new album which none of us saw coming.

The singer made the announcement on her Instagram page on Thursday.

“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,” she wrote.

Swift shared how she poured her heart into the album.

“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,” she wrote.

The album was recorded in isolation and features some of the best singers of our time.

“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,” she wrote.

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"In isolation my imagination has run wild and this album is the result, a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness. Picking up a pen was my way of escaping into fantasy, history, and memory. I’ve told these stories to the best of my ability with all the love, wonder, and whimsy they deserve," she added. 

Swift explained what pushed her to release the album now.  

“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,” she said.

The album consists of 16 tracks. 

"Folklore will have 16 songs on the standard edition, but the physical deluxe editions will include a bonus track called “the lakes.” Because this is my 8th studio album, I made 8 deluxe CD editions and 8 deluxe vinyl editions that are available for one week😄 Each deluxe edition has unique covers, photos, and artwork," the singer wrote. 

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Swift also released the video for one of the songs on the album, 'Cardigan'.

Here it is:

Image courtesy of YouTube screenshot

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