Just as Taylor announced that the album was a “sister record” to her chart-topping ‘Folklore’, the self-directed music video picks up where ‘Cardigan’ left off, in a rustic old log cabin with a piano. While she sings of love and longing in the song, the video takes us into a magical and whimsical world that looks like one straight out of fairytales and folklore.
life was a willow and it bent right to your wind. The #willowMusicVideo is out now! https://t.co/HLEnRDk21i: Max… https://t.co/JFcNTw1j3b
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) 1607663585000
Taking to her handle to announce the big release, Taylor tweeted, “life was a willow and it bent right to your wind. The #willowMusicVideo is out now!”
The singer announced Thursday that she would drop her second surprise album of 2020 just before Swift turns 31 on December 13.
“I’m elated to tell you that my 9th studio album, and folklore’s sister record, will be out tonight at midnight eastern (0500 GMT Friday). It’s called evermore,” Taylor tweeted while adding she would also release a music video for the single ‘willow’.
“Ever since I was 13, I’ve been excited about turning 31 because it’s my lucky number backwards, 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!” she said.
The pop shapeshifter this summer delighted fans with “folklore,” a quarantine album that saw Swift turn to atmospheric rock while embracing a dreamier aesthetic with 1960s-era Laurel Canyon vibes.
In her tweet thread, Swift indicated “evermore” — her ninth studio album — would be an extension of that ethereal sensibility.
“To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs,” she said.
“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.”
‘folklore’ — which earned the star six Grammy nominations — also saw the famously introspective Swift delve into songwriting from the perspective of others, storytelling in the vein of American folk writers including John Prine, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.
“I loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales,” Swift said Thursday.
“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.”
“evermore” will also include a duet with experimental indie artist Justin Vernon, founder of Bon Iver.
This time around she also recorded a song with the Los Angeles band of sisters Haim.