Taylor Swift has a lot to celebrate right now. She finally has her freedom back and has been busy re-recording her previous albums. And to mark the occasion of the one-year anniversary of her first pandemic album, Ms. Swift has released a new version of the Folklore song, “The Lakes”.
News of the existence of the alternate version of “The Lakes” came about in a Billboard cover story where Jack Antonoff revealed that the song was originally supposed to be an orchestral number. He also co-wrote the song with Swift.
In a statement on social media, Swift says the new version of the song is actually an ‘original’, more alternative take on the Folklore song.
“It’s been 1 year since we escaped the real world together and imagined ourselves someplace simpler. With tall trees & salt air. Where you can wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost & no one will side-eye you cause no one is around,” the 31-year-old singer wrote last week.
Taylor Swift releases new version of “The Lakes” for Folklore anniversary
She went on to thank numerous people who inspired the Folklore album, including, James, Inez, and Betty Reynolds, the daughters of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
When Folklore was released in 2020, the album was immediately a huge smash selling the equivalent of 2.3 million copies and trending on social media for days. It received wildly positive reviews, with Business Insider Australia called Folklore the best album of Swift’s career.
The record eventually won Album of the Year at the Grammys which makes Swift the first female solo artist in history to win the coveted prize three times.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Antonoff revealed that he and Swift were not in the studio at the same time and that all recording was done remotely. During the process, Swift also reportedly requested that “The Lakes” be toned down. As a result, the string arrangements and everything else got removed from the version that was released.
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