Taylor Swift was so bummed that all her big summer plans didn't pan out that she went into the studio to work out her emotions. And, as it turns out, she recorded a whole new album, Folklore, which will drop at midnight tonight (July 23).
"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 on Instagram, announcing the surprise release with a series of images of a fog-enshrouded forest. "And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine."
Among the people Taylor worked with are producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Aaron Dessner of The National, who co-wrote or produced 11 of the 16 songs on the album, as well as Bon Iver, who co-wrote and sings on one of the tracks, and, of course, Swift's frequent collaborator producer/songwriter/singer Jack Antonoff, who she said "is basically musical family at this point." There is also someone named William Bowery credited with co-writing two songs, though the name does not match that of any previous Swift collaborator -- or any searchable musician/songwriter that Billboard was able to find -- and is possibly a pseudonym that will lead to one of Swift's famous Easter eggs; a spokesperson for the singer had not returned a request for comment at press time when asked to identify Bowery.