Jack Antonoff, who produced some of Taylor Swift’s most popular songs, from “Out of the Woods” to “Lover”, and shared with her the Grammy for album of the year for “Folklore” of 2020, returns for his debut album another. “Mednights”, which will be released on October 21.
Antonoff is featured prominently in a new behind-the-scenes video posted on Swift’s Instagram, captioned: “The making of ‘Midnights.'” In the clip, the pair are seen working on music in Antonoff’s studio for her next record. Swift, playing. keyboards and MIDI controllers as Swift cuts through voice.
An uncredited clip of a song with the lyrics “It’s just the life you lead, but it’s yours” plays in the video, but it’s unclear if this is original material, as the voices appear to be male. Meanwhile, a shot of Swift walking through a snowstorm suggests that she and her co-pilot have been working on “Midnights” for some time. Another clip shows test pressings of different colored vinyl records, presumably the ones Swift put up for sale on her web store for a limited time over Labor Day weekend.
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While details about “Midnights” are limited, Swift announced she would be releasing a new album last month during her climactic speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, accepting the video of the year award. At 12 am ET that night, the singer-songwriter revealed the album title and artwork. There will be 13 tracks, but the song titles have not been published yet. Earlier this week, the Target chain announced that it would be exclusively available a CD edition with three bonus tracks, also with no revealed titles (although two of the three will be remixes).
Antonoff first worked with Swift on her 2014 album “1989” and has been a close collaborator on each of her many releases since then, including bonus material on her re-recorded versions of “Taylor’s Versions” from her earlier albums, “Fearless” and “Red.” “One of the most active and successful producers of the past decade, he has worked extensively with Lana Del Rey, St. Vincent, Lorde, the Chicks, Clairo and others, as well as leading his own band, Bleachers.
Antonoff shared production duties on Swift’s last two albums of new material, “Folklore” and “Evermore,” with Aaron Dessner. But it seems that there is a possibility that the presence of Antonoff in the making of a new video will be the only co-producer of “Midnights”.
Watch the full video below: