2020-07-27 15:16:52 UTC
...until just before its release
Taylor Swift surprised more than just her fans when she dropped her brand new
album Folklore on Friday.
It turns out the prolific singer-songwriter's record label Republic Records
didn't even know about it under right before it was released on Friday.
Written and recorded while in isolation due to COVID-19, Swift collaborated on
11 of the 16 new songs on the already hit album with multi instrumentalist Aaron
Dessner of the indie rock band The National.
in an interview with Pitchfork, Dessner shared some of the behind-the-scenes
details on how he and the pop superstar were able to keep the project a secret.
'There was no outside influence at all. In fact, nobody knew, including her
label, until hours before it was launched,' he revealed.
'For someone whos been in this glaring spotlight for 15 years, its really
liberating to have some privacy and work on her own terms. She deserves that.'
Dessner also dished on how when he wanted friends to play on the record, he
couldn't have Swift's vocals in the file, in order to keep the album a secret.
'At the end, I reached out to some wizards just to add bits, and that was nice.
It was kind of fun:
'What? Why cant you tell me, Aaron? some of them asked.
'Then they start guessing. Everyone made a game out of it.'
Dessner even kept his working relationship with Swift a secret from his
eight-year-old daughter, who's a big Swiftie fan.
'One day she asked me. She's just like, Daddy, do you know Taylor Swift; it was
the morning after wed written one of these songs,' he confessed.
In the end he had to dodge his little girl's spot-on intuition and look into her
eyes and deny knowing Swift.
'I was so glad that we kept it [a secret] because I didn't want to be the one
that spilled the beans,' Dessner said before adding, 'I honored my
Folklore is already a bonafide critical and commercial success, selling over 1.3
million copies in just 24 hours, as well as breaking a global streaming record
on Spotify and Apple Music.