Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights, was released this Friday (October 21). A few hours after its release at midnight, fans were surprised with a second version of their LP, which contains seven additional tracks. You can hear all the tracks here.
The musician explains on social media that “Midnights” is a “visual album”, i.e. a work with videos and short films. The clips include Laura Dern and Haim. Rina Yang, with whom she also collaborated on the short film All Too Well, implemented her idea. The trailer for the video series has already been released, the first release will be for “Anti-Hero” and will premiere (in Germany) on YouTube on Friday (October 21) at 2 p.m.
Here’s the teaser trailer for the videos I’ve made for Midnights 🌌 Thank you @amazonmusic for premiering this, the first video for Anti-Hero will be out tomorrow at 8am ET. And Midnights will be here SO SOON!!!https://t.co/jjqUNkpPke pic.twitter.com/xzmqXa5Cqy
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 21, 2022
“Midnights (3am Edition)” – Or also: The tracks that didn’t make it onto the album
A few hours after the release, Taylor Swift uploaded a second version of her work entitled “Midnights (3am Edition”) with seven additional songs. She wrote on Instagram: “Surprise! For me the 13 songs on ‘Midnight’ make for the perfect concept album. Nevertheless, there were some songs that also came about on this journey and to find the magical 13 tracks. I call these the ‘3am Songs’. I wanted to share more insights from our creative process with you. It is now 3 a.m. and now you are getting said glimpses.”
Insights into the recording process and themes on “Midnights”
“Midnights” produced with Jack Antonoff, among other singers with Bleachers. The duo also recorded the last five albums (“1989” (2014), “Folklore” (2020), “Evermore” (2020), “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” (2021), “Red (Taylor’s Version)” (2021 )) worked out together.
Swift writes of the process and working with her colleague, “He’s a friend for life and we’ve been making music together for decades. Still, this is our first album that just the two of us made together. We already had a few ideas, but ‘Midnights’ just flowed. (…) So Jack and I spent the nights in New York, where we shot every night, stayed up late and relived old memories.”
You can read our review of “Midnights” here.
Taylor Swift on TV and on tour
On Monday (October 24), Taylor Swift will guest-star on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. On Friday (October 28) she is a guest of the “Graham Norton Show”.
After the video for “Anti-Hero”, the second “album visual” is due to be released on Tuesday (October 25) – but Swift has not yet revealed which number.
A UK tour is also said to be in the pipeline. Dates are not yet available.
You can hear Swift’s work here: