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Taylor Swift — Willow

Taylor Swift’s “Willow” video is just as dreamy as we expected. As the first release from her ninth studio album, Evermore, “Willow” takes Swift back to the cottage where we left her in the “Cardigan” video. In fact, “Willow” picks up exactly where “Cardigan” left off, with Swift in her actual cardigan sitting at her piano.

This song, though, centers on desire and sees Swift chasing her man through a faraway land. Full of cottagecore vibes and woodland-fairy feels, Swift has somehow managed to outdo herself yet again. “Willow” (and Evermore as a whole) put Swift on a whole other level of creation. The album, which she has billed as a sister album to Folklore, runs parallel in feeling to her last release, making them perfectly complementary.

“Willow” falls in line with this new version of Swift, yet another reinvention that sees the singer/songwriter bringing a chill introspection to her repertoire. And while some of Swift’s previous work relied on fun jabs at past relationships, her latest offerings see a softer, more in-love side of her. “Willow” is no different, with Swift and her video costar Taeok Lee finding each other in the end and following the magical gold rope out into what can only be their happily ever after.

In a reply to a comment on the YouTube video, Swift wrote, “willow is about intrigue, desire and the complexity that goes into wanting someone. I think it sounds like casting a spell to make someone fall in love with you (an oddly specific visual).” Yet again, Swift’s creativity and imagination know no bounds.

Watch the dreamy video for “Willow” below and stream the entirety of Evermore everywhere now. All we can say is thank you to our favorite cottagecore-loving, lyrical genius for giving us another stunning body of work in this sad, stressful year.