Last Thursday we woke up thinking it was just another day closer to finals week, but little did we know Taylor Swift had a huge surprise in store for us. A sister album to Folklore.
“I’m elated to tell you that my 9th studio album, and folklore’s sister record, will be out tonight at midnight eastern. It’s called evermore. 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. 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…” Swift writes in her Instagram post announcing evermore.
There had been some speculation that Taylor was going to do something special because she often hides “Easter eggs” for her fans to decode. Many people thought with her 31st birthday coming up, 13 her lucky number backward, there would be a small surprise. No one was expecting another full-length album.
The album, “evermore” has 17 tracks and is supposed to have the same cottage core vibe that “Folklore” had. She did not disappoint. Evermore consists of more of Swift’s storytelling from “Folklore” with new characters for songs such as Willow, Ivy, Dorothea and Marjorie.
Fans were buzzing all over Twitter with excitement when she announced the new album. Folklore was announced the same way—a surprise tweet announcement. Folklore has been topping charts since its release in August and it is only expected that evermore do the same.
There have been rumors that she is going to make Folklore and evermore part of a trilogy of albums—there are Easter eggs pointing to this such as the three stars on her merchandise cardigan and the cardigan coming in three different colors. This has not been confirmed but would make sense with her lucky number having a three in it and the cliche that good things come in threes.
In one of the Folklore record photos, there is the word “woodvale” hidden within the album art so people are speculating that the third album would be called by that name.
Fans are hoping that is true because the music she is making for this era of Folklore has been some of their favorites so far. It has also opened up the door for Taylor to make music for more people that weren’t necessarily fans before.
Evermore has featured artists Bon Iver, The National and HAIM on it. This isn’t Bon Iver’s first appearance on one of her albums — the song Exile from Folklore also includes a duet with Bon Iver.
It’s safe to say that in 2020 Taylor has decided she wants to gift the world with as much music as possible…and we aren’t mad about that!