[UPDATED] Taylor Swift Announces Surprise Collaborative Album ‘folklore’ Featuring Justin Vernon, The National Members & More



  • Jul 24, 2020 • 6:00 am PDT

    Stream Taylor Swift’s new album folklore and watch the “cardigan” video below.

Taylor Swift announced a surprise new album, folklore, which will come out tomorrow, Friday, July 24. The collaborative release, Swift’s eighth full length album, features contributions from Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner of The National, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and others.

Swift revealed the album in a post on social media. She confirmed Aaron Dessner co-wrote or produced 11 of the 16 songs on folklore. Vernon co-wrote and sang on the track “exile,” while William Bowery co-wrote two additional songs with Swift. Frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, who Swift described as “musical family,” also contributed to the record.


The National confirmed Bryce Dessner provided orchestral arrangements. Aaron Dessner issued a note regarding his work on folklore, which began when Swift reached out in April. The album was written and recorded remotely during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Aaron Dessner noted additional remote contributions were provided by Ben Lanz, Bryan Devendorf, Clarice Jensen, Dave Nelson, James McAlister, Jason Treuting, Josh Kaufman, JT Bates, Kyle Resnick, Rob Moose, Thomas Bartlett and Yuki Numata Resnick.

The album was engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low and mixed by Low and Serban Ghenea. In honor of her eighth LP, Swift is offering eight different physical deluxe versions of folklore featuring the bonus track “the lakes.” A video for the album track “cardigan” was released late Thursday.


folklore Tracklist

  1. the 1
  2. cardigan
  3. the last great american dynasty
  4. exile (featuring Bon Iver)
  5. my tears ricochet
  6. mirrorball
  7. seven
  8. august
  9. this is me trying
  10. illicit affairs
  11. invisible string
  12. mad woman
  13. epiphany
  14. betty
  15. peace
  16. hoax
  17. the lakes (Physical bonus track)
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