The National multi-instrumentalist Aaron Dessner, 44, opened up about working with Swift, 30, on her surprise album 'Folklore,' which was released last Friday
Dessner, who co-wrote and produced 11 of the album's 14 songs, revealed that Swift didn't tell her record label about it 'until hours before it launched'
He also explained that they used voice memos that Swift recorded on her cellphone to work on the tracks remotely
On Tuesday, Dessner shared a screenshot of a text from Swift that she sent him at 2:23 am while they were discussing the album's lead single 'Cardigan'
The musician said she sent him the song 'fully written in a voice memo' just hours after he sent her over some ideas
Published: 15:04 EDT, 29 July 2020 | Updated: 17:56 EDT, 29 July 2020
Taylor Swift's collaborator has revealed that the singer didn't tell anyone — not even her record label Republic Records — that she was releasing her new 'Folklore' album 'until hours before it was launched.'
The National multi-instrumentalist Aaron Dessner, who co-wrote and produced 11 of the album's 16 songs, opened up about working with Swift, 30, and the creation of the secret album during an interview with Pitchfork, explaining that they used voice memos that the pop star recorded on her cellphone to work on the tracks remotely.
'There was no outside influence at all. In fact, nobody knew, including her label, until hours before it was launched,' Dessner, 44, said. 'For someone who’s been in this glaring spotlight for 15 years, it’s really liberating to have some privacy and work on her own terms. She deserves that.'
Surprise! Taylor Swift's record label Republic Records didn't know about her new 'Folklore' album 'until hours before it was launched,' according to her collaborator Aaron Dessner
Teamwork: Dessner, a multi-instrumentalist from in the indie rock band The National, co-wrote and produced 11 of the album's 14 songs
'At times, if I wanted friends to play on the record, it was a little difficult because you can’t send a file with her vocals,' he admitted. 'But everyone was cool. At the end, I reached out to some wizards just to add bits, and that was nice. It was kind of fun: "What? Why can’t you tell me, Aaron?" Then they start guessing. Everyone made a game out of it.'
On Tuesday, Dessner tweeted a screenshot of a text from Swift that she sent him on April 28 at 2:23 am while they were discussing the album's lead single 'Cardigan.'
The behind-the-scenes look at their collaboration was posted to promote a special edition of the song with the voice memo and alternative lyrics that will be released on her website and iTunes on Thursday.
'Looking back at @taylorswift13 's text with her original voice memo of Cardigan...still surreal,' he wrote.
In the text, Swift, who is listed as 'Taylor' in Dessner's phone, shared her excitement over the creation of song.RELATED ARTICLES
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