Taylor Swift has been keeping busy in quarantine.
“To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs,” Swift wrote on social media, describing “Evermore” as a “Folklore” “sister record.”
Swift revealed that “Evermore” will be a continuation of the “Folklore” era of her music, with more songs from “Folklore” collaborators Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, Justin Vernon and “William Bowery” (which Swift recently revealed is a pseudonym for her boyfriend Joe Alwyn).
“I’ve never done this before,” Swift wrote on social media. “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.”
Swift also talked about the timing of the new album’s release in another social media post.
“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,” wrote Swift, who turns 31 on Sunday. “You’ve all been so caring, supportive and thoughtful on my birthdays and so this time I thought I would give you something!”
“I also know this holiday season will be a lonely one for most of us and if there are any of you out there who turn to music to cope with missing loved ones the way I do, this is for you.”
Apart from the studio albums Swift has released this year, she also recently released a concert film to Disney Plus, the Deseret News reported. In “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions,” Swift performed tracks from “Folklore” and discussed her inspiration and songwriting process for the album.
“Folklore” was also the first album to sell 1 million copies in 2020, and last month Swift received five Grammy nominations for the album — including for album of the year, according to the New York Times.