The song, which Swift described as a “sister” “folklore,” record, will be released two days before the 31st birthday of the singer.
Early Thursday morning, the singer revealed her ninth studio album, titled “evermore,” would drop less than five months after her previous record, “folklore.” In a series of tweets, Swift –– who described “evermore” as a “sister” record to its predecessor — opened up about the motivation and creative process behind her new release.
“I’m overjoyed to tell you that my 9th studio album, and folklore’s sister record, would be out tonight at midnight eastern. It’s called ‘evermore,'” she began. “To put it plainly, we really couldn’t stop writing songs. To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were sitting on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel more into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in.”
“I’ve never done this before,” Swift said. “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.”
The winner of the Grammy said she “loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales” and 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,” new (and longtime) friends. As fans know, for the “folklore” track, “exile,” which is up for the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance, Swift previously collaborated with Bon Iver.
Swift, who turns 31 on December 13, also shared that she wanted to surprise” fans in celebration of her birthday with a gift from a new album.
I’ve been excited about turning 31 since I was 13 since it’s my lucky number backward, so now I wanted to surprise you with this, “Ever since I was 13, I’ve been excited about turning 31 because it’s my lucky number backward, which is why I wanted to surprise you with this now,” “You’ve all been so caring, supportive and thoughtful on my birthdays and so this time I thought I would give you something!”
“I also know this holiday season will be a lonely one for most of us and if there are any of you out there who turn to music to cope with missing loved ones the way I do, this is for you,” she continued.
The regular version of “evermore” will contain 15 songs, while two bonus tracks will also be included in the deluxe physical edition: “right where you left me” and it’s time to go.”
Swift also announced the music video for the first single from the record, “willow,” which will also be dropped at midnight.
In the tweets, see the surprise announcement below!
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.
📷: Beth Garrabrant pic.twitter.com/xdej7AzJRW
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 10, 2020