If you’re anything like us, you’re probably anxiously awaiting the release of Taylor Swift’s new album Midnights on October. 21. To tide us over until then, Taylor has been doling out as much information as she can about the album via her “Midnights Mayhem With Me” Instagram Stories and TikTok videos.
Taylor finally revealed the songwriters and collaborators for her ninth studio album after gradually revealing the names of each track and providing a brief explanation of what the song is about. Although Jack Antonoff’s name appears next to almost every single one of the album’s thirteen songs (the frontman of the Bleachers is a frequent collaborator), fans were surprised to see an unexpected name next to one of the songs.
In a track listingZo Kravitz’s involvement with the album was revealed via Taylor Swift fan accounts like “Taylor Swift Updates” and “The Swift Society,” though it’s unclear whether she wrote one or two songs. On both listings, she is listed next to “Lavender Haze,” and on one, she is listed after “Karma.” Kravitz is only listed on “Lavender Haze” on Apple Music, but some fans think she has more songs.may be part of “Karma” in another capacity.
The fact that Kravitz fronted the band Lolawolf and had previously mentioned working on an album with Antonoff may have led to her meeting Taylor in the recording studio. However, Kravitz probably won’t be singing on the song because Lana Del Rey, a seductive singer who is also listed as a writer on “Snow on the Beach,” is the only artist whose inclusion on the album has been officially announced.
Under the alias William Bowery, Taylor’s longtime boyfriend Joe Alwyn appears as a co-writer on “Sweet Nothing.” Alwyn previously collaborated with Taylor on the songs “Exile” and “Betty” from Folklore, as well as “Champagne Problems,” “Coney Island,” and the title track from the follow-up album.
The vocal fanbase of Taylor responded to the most recent album information on Twitter, expressing their excitement and confusion over Kravitz’s inclusion in the song credits. Her participation, along with that of hip-hop producers Sam Dew and Jahaan Sweet, suggested a different sound for Taylor’s upcoming album.
Some people remembered Kravitz’s other musical endeavors, such as her disbanded band and her co-writing credit and appearance on Janelle Monae’s song “Screwed.” Her father, prolific singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz, is also helpful.
Aaron Dessner, the lead singer of The National, who worked closely with Taylor on the Folklore and Evermore albums, was noticeably absent from the track listing. Some people jokingly assumed Dessner had adopted Kravitz’s name as his new pseudonym after he tweeted about “things not being as they seem.” Others speculated that he might have ghostwritten a few of the yet-to-be-released deluxe album tracks.
Till we receive our Midnights answers, only three more wake-ups remain!