Taylor Swift‘s birthday is the gift that keeps on giving. As the superstar rang in her 31st birthday over the weekend, she unveiled numerous remixed versions of witchy Evermore lead single “Willow.”
The plucky strings of the original track heralded the arrival of Swift’s surprise ninth studio album on Friday (Dec. 11), complete with a mystical music video featuring a coven of witches in the woods, the titular “Invisible String” of Folklore, and Red tour back-up dancer Taeok Lee as the singer’s fateful love interest. But as it turned out, the single version of “Willow” was far from an open-shut case…
“Not to be all ‘iTs mY BiRtHdAY & I jUsT wAnNa DaNcE’ but… it is and I do. So we’ve released the willow dancing witch version, remixed by Elvira, a bad ass female producer I really respect,” she wrote on Instagram on Dec. 13 to announce the arrival of the glitchy, beat-driven “dancing witch version” of the track.
Just one day later, Swift celebrated the release of the more muted “lonely witch version” of the single as well, writing, “Witches be like ‘Sometimes I just want to listen to music while pining away/sulking/staring out a window.’ It’s me. I’m witches. Never fear, the ‘willow lonely witch remix’ is here.”
Next up was the “moonlit witch version,” for which she tweeted: “Ever find yourself waiting for the signal & meeting someone after dark & happening upon a majestic coven in the woods? Me neither but do you want your [music] to make you FEEL like that? Then the ‘willow moonlit witch version’ is for you.”
Similarly, the singer-songwriter dropped multiple versions of Folklore lead single “Cardigan” over the summer, unveiling the “Cabin in the Candlelight” version of the nostalgic ballad in the days following that album’s surprise July 24 release.
Listen to all five witchy versions of “Willow” below, with the demo and instrumental versions available to purchase here.
🎶 | The “#willow original songwriting demo” & “willow instrumental version” are now available to purchase on Taylor’s website!
— Taylor Swift News 🧣 (@TSwiftNZ) December 16, 2020