Taylor Swift On The ‘Sonic Evolution’ Of New Pop Album

Published: August 19, 2014

Taylor Swift On The ‘Sonic Evolution’ Of New Pop Album, Taylor Swift, the pop star?

The 24-year-old singer-songwriter rose to fame with music rooted in strong country influences but she has been known for pushing the boundaries. With her new album, “1989,” she’ll showcase a different sound.

In an interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach that took place before a cheering audience of Swift’s most ardent fans, the star talked about the new album.

“I feel like for the last two years there’s been sort of a sonic evolution happening and I’ve been experimenting more and more. And I think you have to follow, just this intuition, this gut feeling,” she said. “As a songwriter, you just write to write a certain kind of music and you don’t know why.”

Taylor Swift Reveals Inspiration for New Single, ‘Shake It Off’

She said she enjoyed working with the various producers and songwriters and collaborators who contributed to the project and said she was proud of “1989,” calling it “sort of an almost musical rebirth in that it’s my first pop album.”

The album will be released on Oct. 27 and is already available for pre-sale on Swift’s website. The singer will perform live on “Good Morning America” the same day as her album’s release.

Robach asked whether Swift had a favorite band from the 1980s.

“Well, I’ve been listening to a lot of Peter Gabriel, and, like, Fine Young Cannibals. And anything that was in a John Hughes movie. And – oh, Boy George,” Swift replied, naming some of the top names of that decade.

Swift also shared insight about “Shake If Off,” one of the tracks on her new album. The message in the song is to rise above issues which threaten to get you down, she said.

“I think that for me, writing this song was partly about my life, but it’s mostly about the things that I hear from my fans and comments on – in Instagram, and Facebook and Twitter, and things like that But I think that you have to, you have to not only live your life in spite of people who don’t understand you, you have to have more fun than they do,” she said, laughing.

Swift revealed the video for “Shake It Off,” in a live streamed event on ABCNews.com, GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo! and Yahoo.com on Monday.


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