Have you been keeping a close eye on the time? The clock has struck midnight, which means Taylor Swift's atmospheric new pop album Midnights is out now and available to stream. In addition, the singer dropped seven extra songs that didn't make the album as a "chaotic surprise," calling them "the 3 a.m. tracks."
Swift is taking a break from the rerecording and rereleasing of her old albums to gain control of her masters and has given us a whole record's worth of new material to enjoy for the first time since the release of Evermore in December 2020. Announced on Aug. 29, Midnights tells the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout Swift's life, with one track featuring one of her own favorite artists, Lana del Rey.
The album is a prowl through Swift's late-night fears, fixations and flights of fancy, capturing all of the angst, unease, second guessing and overthinking that accompanies late-night sleeplessness. Sonically, it marks a shift away from the indie-folk stylings of Folklore and Evermore back to pop, but without being a regression. It's experimental, sophisticated and unlike anything she's put out before, while still being indubitably Swiftian.
The songs are all written by Swift, with additional writing credits going to established collaborators Jack Antonoff and William Bowery (otherwise known as her partner Joe Alwyn) and new writing partner Zoe Kravitz. Over the past few weeks, Swift revealed the track names from the album via a series of TikTok skits she's called "Midnights Mayhem With Me." The standard version of Midnights features 13 tracks, but the deluxe version includes three bonus tracks -- two remixes and one original song.
Where to stream Midnights
Just like Swift's last two albums, Folklore and Evermore, Midnights is bound to be a cultural phenomenon that will have the entire music world talking. If you want to be among the first to know what all the fuss is about, you can listen right now.
The album is available to stream on all major platforms, and you can be among the first to get your hands on the lavender deluxe edition of Midnights from Target if you want to listen to those three bonus tracks.
Stream and buy the new album now.
Midnights 3 a.m. Edition
Following the album launch, Swift revealed "a chaotic surprise" at 3 a.m. ET on Friday morning in the form of seven additional tracks. "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," she said on Twitter. "However! There were other songs we wrote on our journey to find that magic 13."
Swift is calling these tracks "the 3 a.m. tracks" in reference to the hour they were released. You can listen to them here:
Midnights music videos
During her pre-pandemic album rollouts, Swift put out lead singles such as Shake It Off, Look What You Made Me Do and ME! before the album dropped. This isn't the case with Midnights. Instead, she's following the same strategy as with Folklore and Evermore, where she releases a video for one of the album tracks at the same time the album comes out.
The first of these videos is for track three, Anti-Hero, and it's available to watch now. In a video posted to Instagram, Swift described Anti-Hero as one of her favorite tracks she's ever written. "I don't think I've ever delved this deep into my insecurities in this detail before," she said.
Lyric videos for all tracks will follow later today at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT, 1 a.m. BST on Saturday). A further music video for a currently unconfirmed track will then be available at midnight on Oct. 25.
Midnights: Still to come
As part of the Midnights album rollout, Swift has yet more treats up her sleeve for avid fans. Still to come, along with the Anti-Hero video release, will be something she's describing as the #TSAntiHeroChallenge on YouTube Shorts.
Swift is also set to make several talk show appearances, including the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Oct. 25 and the Graham Norton show on Oct. 28.
It looks like a packed schedule for Taylor and Swifties everywhere. Best get some sleep while you can.