Taylor Swift has surprise-released her latest studio album, Folklore.
The follow-up to 2019’s Lover, this album marks a significant shift from Swift’s usual bombastic pop production to tender, sparkling indie-folk, with shades of Daughter and First Aid Kit. The pop star wrote and recorded her latest LP while in isolation, and worked alongside Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner. Frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff was also credited on production.
“In isolation my imagination has run wild and this album is the result, a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness,” Swift wrote in an Instagram post. “Picking up a pen was my way of escaping into fantasy, history, and memory. I’ve told these stories to the best of my ability with all the love, wonder, and whimsy they deserve. Now it’s up to you to pass them down.”
Folklore dropped alongside a self-directed video for its lead single, “Cardigan.” In it, Swift plays the piano in a tiny cabin before she’s transported to a magical forest. “And when I felt like I was an old cardigan / Under someone’s bed / You put me on and said I was your favorite,” she croons.
Swift released Lover last August. The Grammy-nominated album featured the songs “Me!,” “You Need to Calm Down,” “The Archer” and the title track. Earlier this year, she dropped “Only the Young,” which featured in her latest Netflix documentary, Miss Americana.
Watch the video for “Cardigan” here:
And stream Folklore below: