What a pleasant surprise as Taylor Swift released a new album late last week titled evermore. The album is being described as a “sister” album to folklore, released only five months earlier.
evermore continues the working relationships Swift has with co-writers and co-producers Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner and also features contributions from “WB” (William Broad), a pseudonym she recently revealed to be her boyfriend British actor Joe Alwyn. Also noted are the collaborations with Haim on the track “No Body, No Crime”; a second duet with Bon Iver (who sang on the folklore song “Exile”) on the title track; and a song with The National as her backing band called “Coney Island”.
Although in recent interviews Swift has indicated that she has been writing, she made no suggestion a new album was in the works, which made the release of evermore a surprise event to insiders.
In a series of social media posts, Swift described the album’s origins. “To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs. 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,” she continued. “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.”
The standard edition of evermore contains 15 tracks, while the deluxe physical edition will include two bonus tracks – “Right Where You Left Me” and “It’s Time to Go.” All digital downloads of the album will include an exclusive digital booklet with 16 brand new photos. You can pre-order evermore now here.
evermore is a continuation of the sounds and themes of folklore which garnered six 2021 Grammy nominations and is Swift’s third release of the year.