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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos



Image: Taylor Swift. Beth Garrabrant.

The Queen of Pop music (FKA The Queen of Country music) ((probably the Queen of Music period)) has just announced after nine cryptic posts on Instagram, that she is dropping her eighth studio album, folklore, tomorrow!

While the record was written and recorded in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, Swift collaborated with artists she describes as her own “musical hero”. Aaron Dessner of The National co-wrote or produced 11 of the 16 songs, William Bowery co-wrote two of folklore’s tracks and Bon Iver features on a track he co-wrote. Swift of course brought acclaimed producer Jack Antonoff back for record number eight. The album was engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, mixed by Serban Ghenea & Jon Low. The albums artworks and visuals were captured by photographer Beth Garrabrant.

In a post on social media, Swift said “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 continued “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.”

The album will have 16 songs on the standard edition, with the deluxe edition including a bonus track. The deluxe edition can only be purchased in physical copies. Swift decided to have fun with the release of her eighth studio album, creating eight deluxe CD editions and eight deluxe vinyl editions that are available for one week only, exclusively on the singers official website. Each deluxe edition has unique covers, photo prints, and artwork.

If this wasn’t enough to send Swifties into overdrive, the Grammy Award winning singer also announced the music video for cardigan will debut on the same day. Shot during isolation, Swift not only served as the clips writer and director, but also as her own stylist and hair and make up team. In a statement on social media, Swift thanked the production team “A million thank you’s to my brilliant, bad ass video team - cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, producer Jil Hardin, executive producer Rebecca Skinner, AD Joe ‘Oz’ Osbourne, editor Chancler Haynes, special effects wizards David Lebensfeld & Grant Miller, and set designer Ethan Tobman. The entire shoot was overseen by a medical inspector”.

folklore is out tomorrow!


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