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‘Before Folklore, a lot of my music was like a sweet diary, today I felt a feeling…’ Taylor Swift tells Eras Tour crowd why her eighth album is so important

‘Before Folklore, a lot of my music was like a sweet diary, today I felt a feeling…’ Taylor Swift tells Eras Tour crowd why her eighth album is so important

Taylor Swift told fans during her ‘Eras ​​Tour’ concert at London’s Wembley Stadium that her album ‘Folklore’ transformed her songwriting.
The 34-year-old pop superstar took to the stage at the iconic football venue on Friday evening (21.06.24) and before performing her song ‘Betty’, she opened up about how she reinvented her music on her critically acclaimed 2020 LP.
Taylor told the sold-out crowd that “Folklore” will always be a record that is special to her because it helped her grow as an artist.
She said: “‘Folklore’ is an album that I’ll always be so proud of. When I play favourites with albums, it’s usually the ones where I change things up, because that’s always the most exciting for me.
“‘Folkore’ was really different from anything I’d done before, not just in the way it sounded, but in the stories I was telling. Before ‘Folklore’ a lot of my music was very much like a sweet diary today. I felt a feeling for about four seconds, here’s a whole song about it. That’s a lot of fun to do, it’s a lot of fun to write like that, but it’s also fun to write the way I started writing on ‘Folkore’, which is creating. Fictional characters, having them experience things and feel things and letting drama unfold and that happens to them and I’m writing as a storyteller, which is great, it turns out.
Taylor – who collaborated with Aaron Dessner and The National’s Jack Antonoff on her eighth studio album – also told fans that writing the album helped her get through the COVID-19 pandemic and cope with imposed lockdowns.
She added: “I think one thing that’s really important to me about this album is that I started writing it two days into the pandemic and I think we were all looking for escapes during the lockdown. We were so confused about what was going on in the world. We would just escape into movies or books or TV or endless bottles of wine or all of the above. One of the things I did to escape was write ‘Folklore’ and it wasn’t just an album where I was writing the songs, I had a whole aesthetic vision of what the album was. It was like an imaginary word where I lived in this cabin and in my imagination I was like a woman wandering through the woods at night with a candle in her hand and a Victorian nightgown, that was like my whole aesthetic. So I was just pretending that was what was going on instead of what was actually going on and I was writing stories about different characters and this is a song I wrote about a girl called Betty.”
During that portion of her stunning set, Taylor also performed ‘Cardigan’, ‘August’, ‘Illicit Affairs’ and ‘My Tears Ricochet’ from ‘Folklore’, as well as ‘Champagne Problems’, ‘Marjorie’ and ‘Willow’ from her follow-up album ‘Evermore’.
Among the more than 90,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium were a host of famous faces, including Taylor’s boyfriend Travis Kelce, an American football player, her supermodel boyfriend Cara Delevingne, ‘Bridgerton’ actress Nicola Coughlan, Prince William and his three children , Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte , nine, and six-year-old Prince Louis and fellow royals Zara and Mike Tindall.