Taylor Swift Releases New Album “Midnights”: Streaming
- American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift released her tenth studio album “Midnights” on October 21, 2022 via Republic Records.
It is her first project in two years since the 2020 album “Evermore”.
The album was inspired by “13 sleepless nights” throughout Taylor Swift's life.
The album comprises 13-track (20-track for 3am edition), featuring guest appearance from American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey.
Produced by Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, Keanu Beats, Sounwave and Jahaan Sweet.
Taylor Swift shared on social media, “We lie awake in love and in fear, in turmoil and in tears. We stare at walls and drink until they speak back. We twist in our self-made cages and pray that we aren't—right this minute—about to make some fateful life-altering mistake. This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams. The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching—hoping that just maybe, when the clock strikes twelve ... we'll meet ourselves.”
She added, “I think of Midnights as a complete concept album, with those 13 songs forming a full picture of the intensities of that mystifying, mad hour. However! There were other songs we wrote on our journey to find that magic 13. I'm calling them 3am tracks. Lately I've been loving the feeling of sharing more of our creative process with you, like we do with From The Vault tracks. So it's 3am.”
This time, she eschewed the alternative folk sound of Folklore and Evermore, experimented a new style with electronica, synth-pop, dream pop, vintage synthesizers, drum machine and hip hop rhythms.
She said, “Midnights is a wild ride of an album and I couldn't be happier that my co pilot on this adventure was Jack Antonoff. He's my friend for life (presumptuous I know but I stand by it) and we've been making music together for nearly a decade HOWEVER… this is our first album we've done with just the two of us as main collaborators. We'd been toying with ideas and had written a few things we loved, but Midnights actually really coalesced and flowed out of us when our partners (both actors) did a film together in Panama. Jack and I found ourselves back in New York, alone, recording every night, staying up late and exploring old memories and midnights past.”
Taylor Swift explained of some tracks for the album,
“'Lavender Haze' is track one on Midnights, and I happened upon the phrase “lavender haze” when I was watching Mad Men, and I looked it up, because I thought it sounded cool, and it turns out that it's a common phrase used in the 50s where they would just describe being in love. Like, if you were in a lavender haze, that meant that you were in that all-encompassing love glow, and I thought that was really beautiful. And I guess theoretically when you're in the lavender haze, you'll do anything to stay there, and not let people bring you down off of that cloud. And I think a lot of people have to deal with this now, not just quote-unquote “public figures,” because we live in the era of social media and if the world finds out that you're in love with somebody, they're going to weigh in on it. Like my relationship, for six years we've had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff, and we just ignore it, and so this song is about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff. I hope you guys like it.”
“'Anti-Hero' is one of my favorite songs I've ever written. I really don't think I've delved this far into my insecurities in this detail before. I struggle with the idea that my life has become unmanageably sized and I, not to sound too dark, but I just struggle with the idea of not feeling like a person. This song is a real guided tour throughout all the things I tend to hate about myself, and it's all those aspects of the things we dislike and like about ourselves that we have to come to terms with if we are gonna be this person, so I like “Anti-Hero” a lot, because I think is really honest.”
“Snow On the Beach” featuring Lana Del Rey
“'Snow On The Beach,' featuring Lana Del Rey, is track 4 on Midnights, and I can not get through that sentence without grinning because I am such a massive fan of Lana Del Rey, more on that later. The song is about falling in love with someone at the same time as they're falling in love with you, in this sort of in this cataclysmic, faded moment where you realize someone feels exactly the same way that you feel, at the same moment, and you're kind of looking around going, “Wait, is this real? Is this a dream? Is this for real? Is it really happening? Kinda like it would be if you were to see snow falling on a beach. And Lana Del Rey is, in my opinion, one of the best musical artists ever, the fact that I get to exist at the same time as her is an honor and a privilege, and the fact that she would be so generous as to collaborate with us on this song is something I'm gonna be grateful for life. Absolutely love her and I really hope you love this song as much as I do.”
“'Bejeweled' is a song that I think it's really about finding confidence when you feel that it's been taken away, for whatever reason. You know, you're feeling insecure, you're feeling taken for granted… One of the things we love to do at night, 'cause we love to go dancing, we love to put on an outfit that makes us feel good, and we love to feel like we're still bejeweled. I think that there are tiny inflections of me pumping myself up to return to pop music after spending these glorious years writing folk songs and being in this metaphorical florest that I've created, which I loved so much, but there was a bit of pumping myself back up to be like, “You can do it, you're still bejeweled!” I'm still bejeweled? We'll see, but that's what the song's about.”
- source : Apple Music