Folklore (stylized in all lowercase) is the upcoming eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, scheduled to be launched on July 24, 2020, by Republic Information. It’s launched eleven months after Swift’s seventh studio album, Lover (2019), and was conceived in isolation in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Folklore is a surprising album, launched on Swift’s social media hours sooner than its launch.
Folklore was written and recorded in isolation in the middle of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Swift mentioned that she “poured all of my whims, needs, fears, and musings into” the album, seeing her collaborate with a number of her “musical heroes”. Aaron Dessner, of the American indie rock band The Nationwide, was isolating and quarantining alongside together with his family when Swift had approached him in late April to write down down some songs remotely collectively. Eleven songs have been written with Dessner over the following couple of months, whereas the remaining have been written with Jack Antonoff, William Bowery, and Bon Iver. Dessner mentioned, “I believed it is going to take a while for music ideas to return and I had no expectations as far as what we would accomplish remotely”, “Nevertheless quite a lot of hours after sharing music, my phone lit up with a voice memo from Taylor of a completely written music—the momentum certainly not really stopped”. He commented: “There are palpable humanity and warmth and raw emotion in these songs that I hope you’ll love and take comfort in as so much as I do”.