It’s been a busy five days for Taylor Swift. On Friday, she released her new album, Midnights, which is smashing records on streaming services. On Monday, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and today (or tonight), Swift joined pals Bon Iver and The National’s Aaron Dessner onstage at OVO Arena Wembley in London to perform “exile.” The song is from her 2020 album folklore, on which Dessner served as co-producer/co-writer Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon guested.
Prior to Swift’s appearance, Bon Iver and Dessner joined forces for “Reese,” a song from their side project Big Red Machine’s 2021 album, How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?
Dessner collaborated with Swift on the deluxe edition of Midnights (dubbed the 3am Edition). Three of seven additional songs were co-written and co-produced by Dessner: “The Great War,” “High Infidelity,” and “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve.” Dessner also co-wrote and co-produced “Hits Different.”
Swift met Dessner in 2014 at a taping of Saturday Night Live and again in 2019 backstage at a National show. After the COVID-19 lockdowns, Swift reached out to Dessner to collaborate on the folk-inspired albums that would become folklore and evermore.
jurgen is cool but have you ever had surprise taylor swift x aaron dessner x bon iver pic.twitter.com/zYw2Qr0bO0
— James Hansen (@jameskhansen) October 26, 2022
Taylor Swift joins Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner for a surprise performance of ‘exile.’
— Pop Base (@PopBase) October 26, 2022