Just 16 hours after announcing it, Taylor Swift has released her brand new album folklore. Swift worked on the record with the National’s Aaron Dessner (who co-wrote or produced 11 of folklore’s 16 songs), Dessner’s twin brother Bryce (who wrote orchestration for the album), Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon (featured on “exile” and later on “peace”), William Bowery, and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff.
Listen to folklore, and watch Swift’s music video for the album track “cardigan” below. (Pitchfork earns a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)
Taylor Swift said she wrote and recorded folklore in isolation. And, as Aaron Dessner tells it, Swift approached him to begin work on folklore in late April. “I thought it would take a while for song ideas to come and I had no expectations as far as what we could accomplish remotely,” he wrote. “But a few hours after sharing music, my phone lit up with a voice memo from Taylor of a fully written version of a song—the momentum never really stopped.” Read a note from Swift about the new album—which has eight different deluxe edition variants—below.