Fall is nearly here, people. For some, that may mean knit sweaters, pumpkin patches, and tangy apple cider. But for those on the right side of history? It means listening to Taylor Swift on an infinite loop. This fall will be particularly special for Swifties, who are in are in for a treat—a new album from the queen of fall herself. (No, it’s not a rerecorded version.)
On Sunday, at the 38th-annual Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift announced her new album, Midnights, in her speech after winning the biggest awards of the night: Video of the year. Long after Swift revealed that she would rerelease her old albums, fans have been weighing clues and theories, trying to figure out which album is set to arrive next. Those who hoped and prayed for Fearless and Red have been graciously served so far. For fans of 1989, Speak Nowand Reputation (!)? Sorry, it seems you’ll be waiting a little while longer, because Midnights will is slated to debut on October 21st.
In an admittedly spoken speech, accepting the VMA for All Too Well: The Short Film, Swift thanked fans, celebrated female directors and announced a new era. “I know with every second of this moment that we wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it weren’t for you, the fans,” Swift said. “Because I wouldn’t be able to rerecord my albums if it weren’t for you. You embolden me to do that. I had sort of made up my mind that if you were going to be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand-new album comes out October 21. And I will tell you more at midnight.”
Sticking to her promise, Swift did, in fact, tell us more at midnight. The superstar took to Twitter to showcase details of the new album and a preorder link.
In typical Swiftian fashion, the new LP, Midnights, will be a 13-track-long project. Number 13, of course, is Miss Swift’s lucky number, so no surprise there. But when it comes to the description of the album, which she tagged on to the announcement? We may need a serious expert to help decipher that. “We lie awake in love and in fear, in turmoil and in tears,” Swift wrote over a photo of herself hunched over, looking a little sleepy. “We stare at walls and drink until they speak back. We twist in our self-made cages and pray that we aren’t—right this minute—about to make some fateful life-altering mistake.”
While we were still trying to figure out whatever the hell that means, she continued. “This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams. The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching—hoping that just maybe, when the clock strikes twelve…we’ll meet ourselves.”
Again, we tried to make sense of what any of this means. Again, no success! Are the songs some sort of ode to insomnia? The dangers of having caffeine past 4 pm?! Let’s go with that. Hopefully, it’ll all make sense once Midnights finally drops.
Ammal Hassan is a writer and Esquire’s Snapchat Editor. She covers all things culture with a focus on music and pop culture. She is from Nairobi, Kenya and lives in New York City.
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