Taylor Swift has released a brand new music video for the first single from her album Folklore.

In the magical video, Swift can be seen playing an old piano in a room with a flickering fireplace. When sparks start to fly from the piano, she climbs in and suddenly finds herself in an enchanted glade with a beautiful background.

Soon sparks start to emerge from the piano again and Swift steps inside. This time she emerges into a rough sea and she has to swim to reach her piano, which she clings onto until she is able to climb into it again.

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Swift then finds herself back in the original room where she slips on a cardigan.

Speaking about how she managed to film a music video during a pandemic Swift said: "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."

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The 30-year-old hitmaker also dropped her eighth record at midnight on Thursday, less than a year after the release of her seventh studio album Lover.

In a lengthy message on Instagram, Swift explained where the inspiration for the album came from, and admits "it started with imagery".

"Visuals that popped into my mind and piqued my curiosity," she wrote.

''Stars drawn around scars. A cardigan that still bears the scent of loss twenty years later. Battleships sinking into the ocean, down, down, down. The tree swing in the woods of my childhood. Hushed tones of 'let's run away' and never doing it.

"The sun drenched month of August, sipped away like a bottle of wine. A mirrored disco ball hovering above a dance floor. A whiskey bottle beckoning. Hands held through plastic. A single thread that, for better or for worse, ties you to your fate.

''Pretty soon these images in my head grew faces or names and became characters. I found myself not only writing my own stories, but also writing about or from the perspective of people I've never met, people I've known, or those I wish I hadn't.

"An exiled man walking the bluffs of a land that isn't his own, wondering how it all went so terribly, terribly wrong."

"An embittered tormentor showing up at the funeral of his fallen object of obsession.

"A seventeen-year-old standing on a porch, learning to apologise. Lovestruck kids wandering up and down the evergreen High Line.

"My grandfather, Dean, landing at Guadalcanal in 1942. A misfit widow getting gleeful revenge on the town that cast her out.

''A tale that becomes folklore is one that is passed down and whispered around. Sometimes even sung about.

"The lines between fantasy and reality blur and the boundaries between truth and fiction become almost indiscernible. Speculation, over time, becomes fact. Myths, ghost stories, and fables. Fairytales and parables. Gossip and legend. Someone's secrets written in the sky for all to behold.

''In isolation my imagination has run wild and this album is the result, a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness."

"Picking up a pen was my way of escaping into fantasy, history, and memory. I've told these stories to the best of my ability with all the love, wonder, and whimsy they deserve.

''Now it's up to you to pass them down," she concluded.

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To celebrate her eighth studio album, Swift also revealed that she is releasing ''eight deluxe CDs and eight deluxe vinyls'' of the record with the bonus track The Lakes.

She tweeted: ''folklore will have 16 songs on the standard edition, but the physical deluxe editions will include a bonus track ''the lakes.'' Because this is my 8th studio album, I made 8 deluxe CDs & 8 deluxe vinyls available for 1 week. Each has unique covers & photos (sic).''

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