Taylor Swift had a lot in the pipeline for 2020, including festival appearances, tours, and most importantly, a headline slot at Glastonbury. The coronavirus pandemic meant ruined plans. But the singer perfectly made up for it all in her latest album Folklore.
At the stroke of midnight on 24 July and within 24 hours of its announcement, Taylor Swift’s new album Folklore was released.
Taylor Swift goes Indie with Folklore
With Folklore, Swift skillfully blends folk, alternative rock and indie, and completely changes her musical direction. We’ve all seen Taylor Swift transform through the years, from a country singer to a pop artist and now there’s this.
The songs in the album, complete with soft vocals, the trickling piano and light drums, are soothing to hear and completely reflect Swift’s psyche during these hard times.
Swift teamed up with a talented bunch of people for her quarantine album – The National’s Aaron Dessner, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff.
All the 16 songs in the album are similar yet different. In ‘Exile’, Taylor engages in a melancholy duet with Vernon, while ‘Epiphany’ marks a tribute to health workers who are putting their lives at risk.
In ‘My Tears Ricochet’, Taylor imagines her own funeral as she sings “If I’m dead to you why are you at the wake? / Cursing my name / Wishing I’d stayed.”
On the other hand, in ‘Mad Woman’, she pours out all her pent up feelings and anger and sings “Now I breathe flames each time I talk / My cannons all firing at your yacht.”
Yet in all the tracks, Taylor looks back on past relationships, adventures, romances and spats. In its entirely, Folklore seems as if it was born out of immense self-reflection.
Taylor Swift drops music video for Cardigan
Along with her new album, Taylor Swift also released the music video for one of its singles, ‘Cardigan’.
Cardigan‘s magical video first sees Taylor Swift playing a glowing piano and then a moss-covered piano as she hums in a forest.
“The song is about a lost romance and why young love is often fixed so permanently within our memories,” she said about ‘Cardigan.’ “Why it leaves such an indelible mark.”
With Swift’s gifted lyricism and some elegant tunes, Folklore is simply beautiful and soothing.