Taylor Swift has been very busy in lockdown. She could have stayed in bed counting her money. Instead, she’s written and recorded two albums – Folklore and Evermore – both of which she surprise dropped. The albums are comprised of folky, indie pop tracks. Her songwriting has reached a new level of maturity.
“I loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales. 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,” she says.
Miss America may seem almost too perfect with her flawless good looks, super celebrity status and wealth. But her naysayers have no doubt been silenced in 2020. Having produced two brilliant albums of self-penned songs in a year is impressive. Her tales of lost loves and found loves have a universal quality. You can relate to what she sings about, even if you’re not American royalty.
“To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs. 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.”
Folklore and Evermore are companion pieces and both albums are well worth checking out. She’s set the bar very high in 2020 and her contemporaries will be watching her closely. She’s currently re-recording her first six albums after losing control of the original masters. Taylor Swift is clearly going to maintain full control of her own narrative.
As a starting point, check out exile, her gorgeous duet with Bon Iver.