And that thing is my 8th studio album, "folklore". Along with the album, she let fans know her latest directorial effort would be arriving as well.
Announcing the release, which has been conceived during the isolation in the days of the coronavirus pandemic, Taylor wrote in a tweet, "In isolation my imagination has run wild and this album is the result". Folklore also features a track with Bon Iver, plus orchestration from a cohort of frequent Dessner collaborators, including brother Bryce Dessner and bandmate Bryan Devendorf, along with Josh Kaufman, Rob Moose, Clarice Jensen and Thomas Bartlett, among others. Of course, it was done safely, as filming was overseen by a medical inspector, Swift says. All through the time, she held on to her music.
"I've never been a natural", she asserts with paradoxical ease during "Mirrorball", a declaration of self-awareness that aptly makes the room spin. "I'm still trying everything to keep you looking at me". It wouldn't be the first case of secret identity in her work: Swift used the name Nils Sjöberg for her work on Calvin Harris' 2016 song "This Is What You Came For".
The song's main character, Rebekah, throws lavish parties at her inherited home, casting aside the judgment of the town. Even in that binary reading, it feels so nice to have a choice.
Taylor sings of a lover's unexpected betrayal, once again referencing movies, just as she did previously on "Exile" and "This Is Me Trying".
"I'm very proud of all these songs and profoundly grateful to Taylor for inviting me into and trusting me in her process", Dessner concluded, adding that Swift: "is one of the most talented, hardworking and deeply caring artists I've ever encountered". Lyrics to the song include, "And when I felt like I was an old cardigan/Under someone's bed/You put me on and said I was your favorite". The scene transforms to a jungle and Swift is still playing a piano, but now she is ensconced on a promontory amid dense trees.