Taylor Swift Actually Trolled Fans Months Ago With a ‘folklore’ Hint and No One Knew

by Jeremy Spirogis
Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s folklore actually got here out of nowhere for everybody. Even diehard followers had been shocked when the singer revealed she was dropping an album lower than 24 hours earlier than she did. Were there any hints? Could followers have guessed it was coming? Not actually; Swift is a grasp at holding issues underneath wraps if she desires it to be. But trying again, there was one sly trace about folklore that she left followers. 

Taylor Swift 'folklore' album cover.
Taylor Swift’s ‘folklore’ album | Universal Music

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‘folklore’ was a shock to everybody

On July 23, Swift introduced her eighth studio album, folklore, which might premiere on the 24th. She wrote on Instagram that she wrote it in isolation, with all issues (COVID-19) thought of. 

“Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen,” she wrote in regards to the album. She then went on to say that at some other level in her profession, she would have “overthought” the discharge, however now it felt proper. 

“But the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed,” she wrote. “My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get.”

Taylor Swift revealed that she wrote ‘Cardigan’ in April, the identical day she (type of trolled) with a selfie

With all of that stated, now followers can look again and see that she did do a little bit of trolling too. Because, in fact, Swift knew nobody was in on her secret. 

On July 27, Swift tweeted a couple of restricted “Cardigan” assortment that was popping out. According to Bustle, she launched vinyl and CDs particularly for “Cardigan” to have fun the observe. 

The limited-edition single assortment additionally included, “the original voice memo” Swift despatched to The National’s Aaron Dessner on April 27, 2020. She included an image of the unique lyrics too.

And what was Swift doing on April 27? She posted a selfie on Instagram. It was only a common selfie with the caption, “Not a lot going on at the moment.”

At the time, individuals thought it was a reference to the shirt she wore within the “22” music video. But now followers know that Swift was sitting on the primary single to one in every of her greatest albums. Not so much occurring? Sure, Miss Swift. Sure. 

‘Cardigan’ was the primary music they wrote collectively

While Swift was publicly trolling, or no less than hinting at one thing that she knew nobody else knew about, she was engaged on crafting “Cardigan.” Dessner talked to Rolling Stone the day the album got here out. He stated that Swift was a fan of The National and got here to him, asking to collaborate. 

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“I think she was interested in the emotions that she feels in some of the music that I’ve made,” Dessner stated. “So I just sent her a folder of things I’d done recently and was excited about. Hours after, she sent back a fully written version of ‘Cardigan.’ It was like a lightning bolt struck the house.” 

Dessner described how Swift then wrote “Seven” and “Peace” after the preliminary music.

“They kind of set a road map, because ‘Cardigan’ was this kind of experimental ballad, the closest thing to a pop song on the record, but it’s not really,” he stated. “It’s this emotional thing, but it has some strange sounds in it.”

And then the remaining is historical past, no less than for now. folklore is among the greatest, if not the largest, albums this yr and one in every of Swift’s greatest albums. Fans positively couldn’t have predicted that in April. 

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