Listen to Taylor Swift's surprise 8th studio record now, and discover that perhaps this pop queen was destined for melancholy folk music instead!
This has to be Swift's most raw and introspective album yet. Announcing 'folklore' only 20 hours prior to it's release, the 'Lover' singer posted to socials saying "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."
Swift continue "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 ♥️".
While many pop artists have tried to traverse the waters of more stripped-back soft rock, it seems only Swift has transitioned into this sound seamlessly.
'folklore' is made up of 16 songs on the standard edition, but the physical deluxe editions will include a bonus track called “the lakes.” As this is her 8th album, Taylor Swift has released 8 deluxe CD editions and 8 deluxe vinyl editions which will be available to purchase for one week only at taylorswift.com.
At 2pm AEST Taylor Swift debuted the first music video from the album for track 2 'cardigan'. Watch it below.
Now it seems no coincidence that Swift decided to release this new album on the same day that Kanye West declared he'd be dropping his latest record 'Donda: With Child', thus continuing their 11 year feud with now dueling albums.