NEW MUSIC: TAYLOR SWIFT | THE LAKES (ORIGINAL VERSION)
Taylor Swift is celebrating a year since her Grammy-winning album “Folklore” by giving fans an anniversary gift. It is an alternate, “original” version of the bonus track “The Lakes” with a more elaborate co-writer/co-producer than the previous recording did. “It’s been one year since we escaped the real world together and imagined ourselves someplace simpler,” Swift wrote on her social media accounts. “With tall, tall trees and salt air. Where you’re allowed to wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost every day & no one will side-eye you cause no one is around. It’s just you and your imaginary cabin and the stories you make up to pass the time. Thank you for all you have done to make this album what it was; I wanted to give you the original version of ‘The Lakes.’ Happy 1st anniversary to Rebekah, Betty, Inez, James, Augustine, and the lives we all created around them. Happy Anniversary, folklore.” The alternate version is titled “The Lakes (Original Version)” because the more ornate-sounding instrumentation was producer Jack Antonoff’s original plan for the song. In Billboard this past Tuesday, Antonoff recalled, “there was this big orchestral version, and Taylor was like, ‘Eh, make it small.’ I had gotten lost in the string arrangements and all this stuff, and I took everything out.” This version puts all of those layers of strings and sound right back in there.