Taylor Swift has introduced her second shock album of 2020, entitled Evermore.
Swift describes the 17-track LP as a “sister album” to Folklore, launched in July, and it will likely be launched at midnight within the US (5am within the UK).
Folklore, which was recorded in secret through the coronavirus lockdown by Swift and collaborators together with Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner, earned each essential and industrial success after its launch. It topped the US and UK charts, and secured Swift six nominations for the 2021 Grammy awards, together with album of the yr, and tune of the yr for Cardigan.
Evermore, her ninth studio album, options songs written and recorded in the identical classes as Folklore. Swift wrote on Twitter:
To place it plainly, we simply couldn’t cease writing songs. To attempt to put it extra poetically, it seems like we have been standing on the sting of the folklorian woods and had a alternative: to show and return or to journey additional into the forest of this music. We selected to wander deeper in. I’ve by no means executed this earlier than. Previously I’ve all the time handled albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the subsequent one after an album was launched. There was one thing totally different with folklore. In making it, I felt much less like I used to be departing and extra like I used to be returning. I liked the escapism I discovered in these imaginary/not imaginary tales. I liked the methods you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies and epic tales of affection misplaced and located into your lives. So I simply saved writing them.
Bon Iver once more visitors on one monitor, with one other that includes Dessner’s band the Nationwide, and one other with the pop-rock trio Haim. Swift additionally mentioned she has directed the video for the tune Willow, launched concurrently the album, the most recent in a string of self-directed movies together with Lover, The Man and Cardigan.
It’s been a creatively fertile yr for Swift: a stay album and movie with materials from Folklore, The Lengthy Pond Studio Classes, was additionally launched final month.
Swift can be at the moment re-recording her first six albums, amid a dispute over the grasp recordings with music mogul Scooter Braun. She informed an American Music awards viewers in November, by way of a video message: “The rationale I’m not there tonight is I’m re-recording all of my previous music within the studio we initially recorded it.”
Folklore, which turned from the large-scale pop of her latest albums to a extra intimate folk-informed sound, was awarded 5 stars by the Guardian on launch, with Laura Snapes writing: “As fragmented as Swift is throughout her eighth album – and far as you hope it doesn’t mark the tip of her pop ambitions – her emotional acuity has by no means been extra assured.” It was additionally listed within the Guardian’s albums of the yr record, at No 9.