Taylor Swift might be captioning her posts “not a lot going on at the moment,” but that’s far from true. The singer is releasing her ninth studio album at midnight.
Taylor’s previous two-year album cycle seems to have gone out the window. Less than a year after TS7 Lover made its pastel pink and blue debut, Taylor shared that she had been working on a new album in quarantine. folklore was full of true/not true stories, love triangles, and “mad” women. Now, only five months later she’s at it again with her second album of 2020 and her third album release in 15 months. TS9 also comes directly after her recently released folklore film, The Long Pond Studio Sessions with Disney Plus.
In an Instagram post announcing the album, Taylor calls the new album, evermore, “folklore‘s sister record.” “To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs,” she said. “To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in. I’ve never done this before. In the past I’ve always treated albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the next one after an album was released. There was something different with folklore. In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning. I loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales. I loved the ways you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies and epic tales of love lost and found into your lives. So I just kept writing them. And I loved creating these songs with Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, WB, and Justin Vernon. We’ve also welcomed some new (and longtime) friends to our musical kitchen table this time around…”
Taylor isn’t stopping there, though. Like folklore‘s surprise drop accompanied by the “cardigan” music video, evermore‘s midnight release will coincide with the release of the music video for the first song on the album, “willow.” Taylor said, “Tonight the story continues…I’m forever grateful to the following creatives who have helped and guided me to be able to direct my own videos: Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, producer Jil Hardin, 1st AD Joe ‘Oz’ Osbourne, Co-1st AD Ev Salomon, Exec Producer Rebecca Skinner, editor Chancler Haynes, set designers Ethan Tobman and Regina Fernandez and visual effects geniuses Grant Miller and David Lebensfeld. Thank you to our medical inspector who made sure every precaution was taken for our safety. I’ll see you guys in the YouTube premiere page chat before midnight to answer some questions 🧙♀️”
Turning thirty one on Sunday, December 13, Taylor says, “Ever since I was 13, I’ve been excited about turning 31 because it’s my lucky number backwards, which is why I wanted to surprise you with this now. You’ve all been so caring, supportive and thoughtful on my birthdays and so this time I thought I would give you something!” This gift includes fifteen tracks and two bonus tracks. Bon Iver returns for another feature in the album’s title track. Haim and The National are also featured in “no body, no crime” and “coney island” respectively.
The evermore tracklist:
“’tis the damn season”
“no body, no crime” (feat. Haim)
“coney island” (feat. The National)
“cowboy like me”
“long story short”
“evermore” (feat. Bon Iver)
“right where you left me”
“it’s time to go”
evermore makes its streaming debut at 12:00am ET.