Taylor Swift doesn’t miss a beat. She just dropped the willow music video from her surprise album evermore, and it’s a magical continuation of her lockdown music video, cardigan.
Willow is a love story between Taylor and Taeok Lee, a Korean dancer who performed with Ms Swift on her Red Tour. (At the time of writing, Taeok has a little over 3,000 Instagram followers. Wait for him to blow up.)
It features the same cabin and magical piano portal from cardigan, but this time when Taylor steps in, she’s transported to a fairytale forest.
She follows a golden thread of light, which brings her back to Taeok again and again.
“Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind,” she sings.
Of course, Taeok might star in this video, but you can bet some of the lyrics are about (or at least inspired by) Taylor’s long-term BF and maybe husband Joe Alwyn.
Taylor Swift coming in to make us cry, right at the end of 2020? Yeah, okay. Anything you say, queen.
The album is the sister record of folklore, which was the first TS album to delve into the world of make-believe.
“To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs,” Taylor said when she announced evermore *literally this morning*.
“To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folkorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or travel further into the forest of this music.”
She continued: “I love the escapism of creating these imaginary / not imaginary tales. I loved the ways you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies of epic love lost and found.”
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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 11, 2020
The album consists of 17 “tales”, including the two con artists who fall in love while try9ing to scam rich people, the small-town girl who leaves for Hollywood but returns for love, and the college sweethearts who find themselves at differing points in life: one planning to propose, the other to break up.
The album itself only has 15 songs (ft. tracks with HAIM, The National and Bon Iver), though; you’ll have to purchase the album to access the two ‘bonus’ tracks and get the full story.
If you need me, I’ll be listening on repeat / crying / knitting a sweater even though it’s one thousand degrees outside.