Taylor Swift - Midnights

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new album out october 21

https://www.instagram.com/p/Ch1Ed_Su6Qw/

lol at her listing "Track One" "Track Two" etc. like it's the actual tracklist in the graphic

ufo, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:03 (one month ago) link

Ha ha, just came here to post this (ya beat me)

I'm here for it...

Porcine-lina of the Pig Oceans (morrisp), Monday, 29 August 2022 04:03 (one month ago) link

oh it's the album cover & she just doesn't want to reveal the track titles yet that's such a goofy move lol

ufo, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:05 (one month ago) link

She was at the (awful) VMAs tonight, and I figured it was just b/c they gave her an award – but I also wondered if something was up, cuz it kind of seemed beneath her to show up in person

Porcine-lina of the Pig Oceans (morrisp), Monday, 29 August 2022 04:09 (one month ago) link

that Taylor, never without an agenda

anyway glad she's been so prolific through this pandemic, jeez

Murgatroid, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:11 (one month ago) link

if this is a return to pop taylor i hope it doesn't mean she's abandoning the quality control too

ufo, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:12 (one month ago) link

She's entering her Helvetica Era

Porcine-lina of the Pig Oceans (morrisp), Monday, 29 August 2022 04:19 (one month ago) link

I get a Blue meets How I'm Feeling Now vibe from the cover (assuming it is the cover) - so I'm imagining this will be somewhat more pop (and perhaps more straightforward) than the last two but also kinda dark-confessional? The title and the "stories of sleepless nights" description are quite equivocal in this regard.

Tim F, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:20 (one month ago) link

damn, she'll have four albums worth of material that she hasn't toured on

Murgatroid, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:21 (one month ago) link

but yeah, based on her not touring in years, I bet this will def be poppier since folklore/evermore aren't exactly filled with stadium bops

Murgatroid, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:22 (one month ago) link

it's confirmed to be the cover yeah, it's on the pre-order page. though obviously it'll be updated with the real titles eventually

i think you're otm re: the expected vibe tim

ufo, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:23 (one month ago) link

but idk if that's something she'll be able to pull off well

ufo, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:27 (one month ago) link

y'all thought reputation was bad? wait until her album with AG Cook

Murgatroid, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:29 (one month ago) link

if she announced the whole album was produced by cook my confidence would go significantly up!

ufo, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:33 (one month ago) link

lol pls

Murgatroid, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:37 (one month ago) link

I'd be here for hyperpop Swift tbh

The Ghost Club, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:39 (one month ago) link

in that vein if she happened to be working with bj burton (who co-produced one track on evermore) that'd be about as exciting as possible

ufo, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:39 (one month ago) link

you guys it's an aesthetic fakeout and she's going full country again

Murgatroid, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:41 (one month ago) link

Two months is a long wait. Maybe we'll get new albums from Sky Ferreira and MBV before then.

The Ghost Club, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:51 (one month ago) link

poor CRJ, gotta share a release date with the pop juggernaut

Murgatroid, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:52 (one month ago) link

Are Taylor semioticians catching any clues from the promo photo? (e.g., the odds and ends on the desk)

Porcine-lina of the Pig Oceans (morrisp), Monday, 29 August 2022 04:55 (one month ago) link

This longer description makes it sound VERY dark / confessional:

Midnights, the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life, will be out October 21. Meet me at midnight.

Pre-order now: https://t.co/jjqUNkphuG pic.twitter.com/Fh96zK8vro

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 29, 2022

Tim F, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:57 (one month ago) link

The longer description is in one of the pics in the tweet

Tim F, Monday, 29 August 2022 04:57 (one month ago) link

Like I said on twitter, I absolutely LOVE the concept she's developed for this album. What a rich place to take inspiration from. However, I expect I still won't like it very much because of the way she writes lyrics and melodies. ¯\(ツ)/¯

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 29 August 2022 04:59 (one month ago) link

Oh, she actually announced the album at the end of her VMA speech! I totally missed that, lol

During her acceptance speech for video of the year at the #VMAs, Taylor Swift announces a new album out October 21. https://t.co/K3f4GrgiuJ pic.twitter.com/9q2jGVDoPl

— Variety (@Variety) August 29, 2022

Porcine-lina of the Pig Oceans (morrisp), Monday, 29 August 2022 05:02 (one month ago) link

poor CRJ, gotta share a release date with the pop juggernaut

― Murgatroid

Midnights, The Loneliest Time. Some kind of zeitgeist perhaps?

The Ghost Club, Monday, 29 August 2022 05:04 (one month ago) link

Exciting news

Bee OK, Monday, 29 August 2022 05:22 (one month ago) link

glad she's putting out new music - when she announced she was re-recording her old albums, I was a bit worried that it would occupy all her time and we wouldn't get any new material from her for awhile but clearly my worries were unfounded

I guess she just lives in recording studios now

Murgatroid, Monday, 29 August 2022 05:35 (one month ago) link

i'm not really sure what's happening with the remakes because she already put out a few tracks from 1989, i would have thought she'd want to get them out quicker idk

ufo, Monday, 29 August 2022 05:51 (one month ago) link

Carly Rae Jepsen, Arctic Monkeys and this all on the same day, going to be a good day to be alive

Bee OK, Monday, 29 August 2022 05:59 (one month ago) link

Huh, didn't even know Arctic Monkeys were still around.

I'll check out Taylor and CRJ but will def skip AM.

The Ghost Club, Monday, 29 August 2022 06:05 (one month ago) link

I looked it up. Tegan and Sara and Dry Cleaning too

Bee OK, Monday, 29 August 2022 06:05 (one month ago) link

Huh, didn't even know Arctic Monkeys were still around

They're better than ever

Bee OK, Monday, 29 August 2022 06:06 (one month ago) link

I’m trying to imagine what this will sound like based off the destruction/album cover and the first band that comes to mind is Chromatics. Like I can’t picture this being a full blown pop return but I can’t imagine it being very guitar based?

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 29 August 2022 06:22 (one month ago) link

Is it confirmed those track titles will be renamed? Because that would be cool if they were all just named “Track One,” Track Two” etc

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 29 August 2022 06:23 (one month ago) link

Is it confirmed those track titles will be renamed? Because that would be cool if they were all just named “Track One,” Track Two” etc

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 29 August 2022 06:23 (one month ago) link

Yeah my probably way-off-base prediction is that this could be a good opportunity to be explore a more moody noir version of the synth pop ballad vibes Taylor explored on stuff like “You Are In Love” and “Delicate” and the live version of “Love Story” she was performing on the 1989 tour.

I also thought “Renegade” was excellent and that that and “Long Story Short” suggested a pathway for merging the directions taken on the last two albums with a more propulsion pop sound - almost both tunes are very upbeat in presentation, which may not be the vibe she goes for here.

Tim F, Monday, 29 August 2022 06:58 (one month ago) link

*albeit both tunes…

Tim F, Monday, 29 August 2022 06:59 (one month ago) link

reading tea leaves here but getting “false god”: the
album from the cover

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 29 August 2022 12:51 (one month ago) link

no complaints if we get an album of sophisti-taylor

ufo, Monday, 29 August 2022 12:53 (one month ago) link

i just hope she hasn't like, been listening to the weeknd too much or something lol

ufo, Monday, 29 August 2022 13:06 (one month ago) link

"all too well (10 minute version)" did have a bunch of tasteful sax in the background, if we get a vibe anything like that i'll be quite happy

ufo, Monday, 29 August 2022 13:23 (one month ago) link

any word on whether Dessner is involved again?

akm, Monday, 29 August 2022 13:34 (one month ago) link

No word on collaborators so far.

abcfsk, Monday, 29 August 2022 13:37 (one month ago) link

I get late 90s indie vibes from the album cover. Not that I necessarily think this is going to be Taylor's Modest Mouse album or whatever.

peace, man, Monday, 29 August 2022 13:53 (one month ago) link

Analyzing the cover art reminds me of the (traumatic) whiplash that was "Lover" cover reveal -> "ME!" released as lead single

abcfsk, Monday, 29 August 2022 13:55 (one month ago) link

Ha ha. Yeah, ouch, important warning. Anyway, I think what I was thinking was that it might fit in The Great Millennial Colour Drought

peace, man, Monday, 29 August 2022 13:59 (one month ago) link

"... and when I'm up all night, I call Max and say, 'Let's make a banger about how boys are poopyheads!'"

"me!" came before the album cover, iirc the whiplash was just from the teasers for it?

ufo, Monday, 29 August 2022 14:01 (one month ago) link

I don’t predict anything like synthpop, but we’ll see…

Porcine-lina of the Pig Oceans (morrisp), Monday, 29 August 2022 14:19 (one month ago) link

Yeah the whiplash came from the various teaser images on Instagram and the mural that was painted to promote the release of "Me!", which all happened in April 2019. It wasn't till June that she announced the album Lover, its August release date and shared its cover art, and then a day later released "You Need to Calm Down".

MarkoP, Monday, 29 August 2022 15:01 (one month ago) link

Carly Rae Jepsen, Arctic Monkeys and this all on the same day, going to be a good day to be alive

― Bee OK, Monday, August 29, 2022 1:59 AM (ten hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Huh, didn't even know Arctic Monkeys were still around.

I'll check out Taylor and CRJ but will def skip AM.

― The Ghost Club, Monday, August 29, 2022 2:05 AM (nine hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

I looked it up. Tegan and Sara and Dry Cleaning too

― Bee OK, Monday, August 29, 2022 2:05 AM (nine hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

What is this Meghan Trainor erasure?

peace, man, Monday, 29 August 2022 16:09 (one month ago) link

Ok I was mistaking cover art for teaser images - regardless I remember similar Lana del Rey-vibes being predicted before ME! destroyed such notion.

Though the album itself did strike various poses

abcfsk, Monday, 29 August 2022 19:17 (one month ago) link

I got a “Taylor Nation” email promoting the pre-orders, complete with flickering flame and new “TS” monogram in the blue Helvetica.

Porcine-lina of the Pig Oceans (morrisp), Tuesday, 30 August 2022 14:15 (four weeks ago) link

"a journey through terrors and sweet dreams" sounds like its describing a david lynch movie imo

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 30 August 2022 14:19 (four weeks ago) link

hear me out, what if this is her house album like Drake and Beyonce

Murgatroid, Tuesday, 30 August 2022 16:01 (four weeks ago) link

Seems pretty unlikely to me, given the midcentury aesthetic of the photos

Porcine-lina of the Pig Oceans (morrisp), Tuesday, 30 August 2022 16:10 (four weeks ago) link

If folklore is for everyone who needs to go to therapy and evermore is everyone who is finally going to therapy then midnights is for everyone still going to therapy even when it feels like it isn't helping

— Rita (@ritalara) August 29, 2022

"Is it confirmed those track titles will be renamed? Because that would be cool if they were all just named “Track One,” Track Two” etc"

It's unlikely, but I hope she goes full-on Scott Walker circa Climate of Hunter and writes a song suite about kicking locusts in the bollocks. Or something. With half the tracks given names and the other half given numbers.

And if you compare the covers they both look as if there was originally a cigarette, but it was airbrushed out. I want to hear Taylor Swift punching meat.

Ashley Pomeroy, Tuesday, 30 August 2022 20:26 (four weeks ago) link

"Babe, I just can't see
if you're the one for me
will it all work out?
Or will we kick locusts in the bollocks until
the black-blood spittle
fills the sliced eye-holes
of the fetid pig mulch
"

Ashley Pomeroy, Tuesday, 30 August 2022 20:35 (four weeks ago) link

This is her 5th "Lead single in August, album in October."

billstevejim, Wednesday, 31 August 2022 20:40 (four weeks ago) link

Guessing she purposely sticks with this schedule because the grammys new years day is Sept 1.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 31 August 2022 20:42 (four weeks ago) link

she released a single? where?

Murgatroid, Wednesday, 31 August 2022 20:44 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah, you had me looking!

(I believe the Grammy eligibility period ends Sept. 30 – so Midnights won't be eligible until the 2024 awards, but if she releases a single in the next month I guess that will be eligible at next Feb.'s ceremony)

Porcine-lina of the Pig Oceans (morrisp), Wednesday, 31 August 2022 20:54 (four weeks ago) link

Oh my bad I didn't pay attention to whether a new song came out.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 31 August 2022 20:57 (four weeks ago) link

Also weird to make an observation like that when the last time she did the August single, October album strategy was 5 albums ago with 1989.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 31 August 2022 21:07 (four weeks ago) link

last two albums obviously did not have a leading single as they were surprise releases

akm, Wednesday, 31 August 2022 21:22 (four weeks ago) link

xp i think it's a good and interesting observation regardless of when it happened last

alpine static, Thursday, 1 September 2022 00:59 (four weeks ago) link

Taylor Swift unveils all four variations of the cover for her 10th studio album, ‘Midnights.’ pic.twitter.com/N10AbwBLvR

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) September 1, 2022

alt covers are clarifying, there's clear 70s vibes

ufo, Thursday, 1 September 2022 11:51 (four weeks ago) link

jazz-tinged soft-rock taylor would also be totally acceptable

ufo, Thursday, 1 September 2022 11:55 (four weeks ago) link

When Look What You Made Me Do meets Everything You Did.

peace, man, Thursday, 1 September 2022 12:02 (four weeks ago) link

Just hoping it doesn't end up sounding like Daddy's Home.

MarkoP, Thursday, 1 September 2022 13:16 (four weeks ago) link

Gah, what are those covers reminding me of? The Clientele? American Analog Set? Saint Etienne? Some indie band.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 September 2022 13:27 (four weeks ago) link

Ivy...Superdrag

akm, Thursday, 1 September 2022 13:30 (four weeks ago) link

The first version made me think of Nightsongs by Stars.

MarkoP, Thursday, 1 September 2022 13:37 (four weeks ago) link

White borders and helvetica similar to the Cardigans singles artwork from the Gran Turismo period

I am using your worlds, Thursday, 1 September 2022 14:56 (four weeks ago) link

xp i think it's a good and interesting observation regardless of when it happened last
― alpine static, Wednesday, August 31, 2022 8:59 PM (yesterday)

I think so too. I messed up the lead single part, but she is "big biz" and clearly likes tactically shooting for holiday-season sales or something.

billstevejim, Thursday, 1 September 2022 15:09 (four weeks ago) link

oh it's the album cover & she just doesn't want to reveal the track titles yet that's such a goofy move lol

This becomes even funnier as more covers are revealed.

Porcine-lina of the Pig Oceans (morrisp), Thursday, 1 September 2022 16:03 (four weeks ago) link

On MIDNIGHTS she said the movies that have inspired it are
1) 70s movies of two romantic leads “unravel” before you — Kramer vs Kramer
2) Marriage Story and The Souvenir

Definitely not ready for the emotional landscape of this coming album lmao pic.twitter.com/ddRZe2Xc5K

— Elamin Abdelmahmoud (@elamin88) September 9, 2022

the!!! souvenir!!!!!!

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 10 September 2022 14:18 (two weeks ago) link

sorry that may actually be the list of filmic inspirations for the “all too well” video

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 10 September 2022 15:28 (two weeks ago) link

Now wanting a music video where John Mayer screws up making pancakes for his kid while Taylor’s trying to do an interview in the living room.

The self-titled drags (Eazy), Saturday, 10 September 2022 17:20 (two weeks ago) link

xp i think it’s about the album? next tweet says

(Context for this was talking about movies as inspiration — as she was writing, some movies dovetailed with the process: for 1989, she was watching John Hughes movies; for Folklore, lots of Guillermo del Toro; for Evermore, Sense and Sensibility)

— Elamin Abdelmahmoud (@elamin88) September 9, 2022

just sayin, Saturday, 10 September 2022 22:08 (two weeks ago) link

Lavender isn't really my color – but this morning I preordered the Target Exclusive CD, with three bonus tracks.

(...although I notice now they're titled "Bonus Track One," "Bonus Track Two (Remix)," and "Bonus Track Three (Remix)." So I guess it's one add'l song and two remixes.)

mosh pit insurance agent (morrisp), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 22:21 (two weeks ago) link

Antonoff highly visible in this “Making of Midnights” Insta reel

Obviously Five Beliebers (morrisp), Friday, 16 September 2022 23:12 (one week ago) link

📹 | Taylor Swift will be announcing the #TSmidnightTS tracklist via TikTok!

— The first track she has announced is Track 13 titled ‘Mastermind’ pic.twitter.com/6rrz3aqhqm

— Taylor Swift News 🕰️ (@TSwiftNZ) September 21, 2022

lmao

ufo, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 07:24 (one week ago) link

the goofy deadpan vibe here is a good sign

ufo, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 07:25 (one week ago) link

lol

Some crazy ass theorising going on at the moment e.g. https://www.tiktok.com/@chacofemme/video/7145338640280014126?_t=8VrbzTQMTti&_r=1

Tim F, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 08:44 (one week ago) link

anyway i'm very excited for taylor's muzak album

ufo, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 08:55 (one week ago) link

this is good

Indexed, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 13:44 (one week ago) link

I hope “Mastermind” isn’t a clumsy pun that indicates the final track is about Scooter Braun (or her masters in general).

Obviously Five Beliebers (morrisp), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 16:00 (one week ago) link

I hope it's a tribute to special master Raymond J. Dearie.

peace, man, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 16:02 (one week ago) link

I just assume that Mastermind she'll tell us that Automator's on the planet Earth, and he's going to stop the war of the worlds.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 16:18 (one week ago) link

Track 8 = “Vigilante Shit”

Not loving these titles so far…

"Cool ranch dressing!" (morrisp), Friday, 23 September 2022 04:10 (six days ago) link


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