NEW YORK (AP) — While in isolation, Taylor Swift has created a new album and was to release it at 11 p.m. Thursday CDT.

The pop star made the surprise announcement Thursday on Instagram. “Folklore,” her eighth record, comes out less than a year after she dropped “Lover.”

Swift says the standard edition will include 16 tracks and the album will feature Bon Iver, Aaron Dessner of The National and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff. The Los Angeles Times and other media outlets have reported the song “Exile” features Bon Iver, led by Eau Claire native Justin Vernon.

Dessner and Vernon are among the organizers of the Eau Claire Music & Arts Festival, a two-day summer event that from 2015 through 2018 in the town of Union outside of Eau Claire, and was planned for this summer in downtown Eau Claire before being canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise,” Swift wrote Thursday on Instagram. “Tonight at midnight (EDT) I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation.”

“Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with,” Swift wrote.

She said that the music video for the song “Cardigan” also was to premiere at 11 p.m. Thursday CDT. She says because of the coronavirus pandemic, they took extra safety precautions while filming.

“The entire shoot was overseen by a medical inspector, everyone wore masks, stayed away from each other, and I even did my own hair, makeup, and styling,” Swift wrote, ending the post with a laughing emoji.

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