Two of Taylor Swift‘s #1 hits were apparently almost The National songs.
The pop superstar collaborated with the band’s Aaron Dessner on her two 2020 albums, folklore and evermore. They spawned the singles “cardigan” and “willow,” respectively, which both reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. As frontman Matt Berninger tells The Telegraph, he tried to make National songs out of the music Dessner wrote for “cardigan” and “willow.”
“I’d taken a swing at [‘cardigan’] and ‘willow’ and a couple of others, and I wasn’t having a lot of luck, so Aaron sent them to Taylor,” Berninger says. “I always have a lot of music to work on, and I am looking for something to connect emotionally.”
“The reverse has happened too, where Aaron wrote something for Taylor, and I dove right in,” Berninger explains. “It works both ways.”
In addition to Dessner’s work with Swift, The National as a whole guested on the evermore song “coney island.” Swift will return the favor on The National’s upcoming album, First Two Pages of Frankenstein — she’s featured on a song called “The Alcott.”
First Two Pages of Frankenstein arrives April 28.
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