In case you hadn't noticed, Taylor "HER MIND" Swift released yet another (surprise) album (opens in new tab) last night, and the internet is positively replete with conspiracy theories. Like, did you know that "dorothea" is about Selena Gomez (opens in new tab)? You do now.
But there's one theory that is even more !!! than the rest: fans think Taylor is about to release ANOTHER sister album called woodvale, which she recorded at the same time as folklore and evermore. I'll give you a moment to dry heave into a bag and fire off some tweets. Cool, now let's break down the evidence:
A) Taylor Clearly Made a Ton of Music in Quarantine
We know she's been extremely prolific—in fact, she said so herself on Twitter while explaining evermore's surprise drop:
"To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs. To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in."
Honestly, even the language in this post has woodvale easter eggs. It's literally an entire damn woods metaphor!
To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs. To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in.December 10, 2020
B) She Literally Hid "Woodvale" in Folklore's Album Art
See? It's right there in the trees, waiting to be found.
Initially, fans thought "woodvale" might be a song, but when evermore dropped and "woodvale" wasn't on the track list, theorists pivoted to another folklore sister album:
Woodvale is the third sister#Evermore pic.twitter.com/0A25HsaQRyDecember 10, 2020
woodvale will be the third #TaylorSwift album which will come out in the spring and it’ll be like a trilogy- woodvale, evermore & folklore pic.twitter.com/HSlGGR0tIiDecember 10, 2020
“tonight the story continues” the story isn’t over yet, i think evermore is the second album of a trilogy and ts10 will be released sometime during 2021 and it will be called “woodvale” pic.twitter.com/vgD71ZRQlwDecember 10, 2020
C) Woodvale Has Personal Ties to Tay (Ish)
First of all, it's a street in London—where Taylor's been spending time with Joe Alwyn (opens in new tab):
And on top of that, a fan noticed that this very specifically named property just sold in the Lake District, which she wrote about on folklore (opens in new tab)...
omg woodvale is literally a property in THE LAKES DISTRICT near LAKE WINDERMERE and IT HAS BEEN SOLD??? TAYLOR I SEE YOU!! #folklore #evermorealbum #woodvale #ts10 pic.twitter.com/di98cEWDjGDecember 11, 2020
D) Folklore Has a TRILOGY of Songs
"Betty," "Cardigan," and "August" are a trilogy, and call me crazy, but I think that in itself is a clue that Taylor's third sister album is coming. At least one person agrees with me, so therefore I'm not losing my mind. It's fine! I'm fine!
E) Woodvale Might Drop in...March!
At least, according to this person's conspiracy theory, which is, frankly, art:
F) She's Selling a Mysterious Third Cardigan
Fans have been obsessing over Taylor's cardigan sales (opens in new tab) for a while now due to only one of them saying "folklore." But now that we know about evermore, it just MAKES SENSE that the third cardigan represents woodvale:
wait... also the first one is the only one that says folklore 👀 pic.twitter.com/csArQwTR6pDecember 10, 2020
Kay that's all, but we'll be updating this as more evidence about the existence of woodvale comes out.
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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