'Tis the season of giving, and Taylor Swift just can't stop. Just weeks after her latest effort, folklore, landed a nomination for Album of the Year at the 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards, the "cardigan" singer has surprised everyone with news of another full album arriving at midnight eastern on December 11.
Swift explains that evermore is her 9th studio album, and is a "sister record" to the critically acclaimed folklore, released in July. "To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs," she shared with fans on Thursday morning. "To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in."
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"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."
Continuing into the woods with Taylor on evermore is her list of all-star collaborators, that helped folklore gain attention in new circles across the music landscape. Frequent co-conspirator Jack Antonoff is of course along for the ride, as is Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Swift has also promised "some new (and longtime) friends to our musical kitchen table this time around," including Haim.
Taylor is set to celebrate her birthday on Sunday, on the magical "13" of December, and evermore will serve as a present for all to unwrap according to Swift. "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," she wrote. "You’ve all been so caring, supportive and thoughtful on my birthdays and so this time I thought I would give you something!"
Along with the album will be a video for lead-off track, "willow." Check out the full tracklist below.