Judging from the celebrity’s latest Instagram posts, TS7 might be on its means.
Without a single phrase, Taylor Swift has slowly been teasing her military devoted followers with the chance new music, all due to a flurry pastel-hued Instagram exercise. Does a caption-less submit stuffed with palm timber and stars sign the beginning a brand new period? Does the quantity stairs she’s sitting on in a follow-up submit level to a launch date? What does Taylor peering by means of fence slats imply?
As an authorized Taylor stan, I used to be counting the quantity mysterious stars and palm timber together with each different Swiftie on the earth. I prize the selfie she gifted me with throughout her shock look at the Reputation pop-up because the most-liked image on my Instagram feed. I purchased my brother a hand-numbered “Delicate” lithograph after I noticed her on tour simply to rub in the truth that I had sprung for flooring seats within the 20th row (and likewise as a result of I’m brother). I even occur to be carrying my stonewashed Reputation Stadium Tour sweater — which stays my favourite piece merch I’ve ever bought — as I write this.
Theories are working rampant on social media concerning the main points TS7, and as hypothesis continues to succeed in a fever pitch with none ficial announcement, launch date or shock single drop, right here’s my want record for Taylor’s elusive seventh studio album.
Breaking New Sonic Ground
Taylor has by no means been one to draw back from taking musical dangers with a brand new album cycle. From the dubstep beat “I Knew You Were Trouble.” to the shiny synth-pop sheen 1989, she’s modified her sonic panorama on each album since Speak Now, so it’s secure to imagine that the celebrity will break new floor along with her subsequent LP. Without a lead single to dissect, there’s no telling the place Taylor might be getting her newest musical inspiration from, however at this level, loads followers would love a contact her nation roots on not less than a couple of songs as a reminder the Taylor they first fell in love with. Personally, I additionally wouldn’t thoughts a return to the glowing 1989-era sonics, however I'm equally prepared for a mind-blowing left flip that nobody however Taylor is anticipating.
A Joe Alwyn 'Love Story'?
Unlike the ripped-from-the-tabloids lead-up to Reputation’s launch in fall 2017, the Taylor 2019 isn’t dominating the headlines with rumors feuds and gossip. This time round, there's no public report that wants correcting or path ex-boyfriends to lyrically skewer. Instead she’s fortunately performed the supportive girlfriend to Joe Alwyn all through awards season, even opting to skip this yr’s Grammy Awards to be by his aspect on the BAFTAs. Any point out on Reputation her romance with the British actor was merely hinted at, leaving followers speculating about songs like “Delicate” and "Call It What You Want" and veiled references scattered all through her music movies. Will she open up about her largely personal relationship to provide us “Love Story 2.zero"?
For her final two albums, Taylor relied totally on pop heavyweights Max Martin, Shellback and Jack Antonf to assemble an infinite parade pop bangers. The partnerships clearly labored, delivering “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space,” “Out the Woods” and “End Game.” However, a brand new album cycle is all the time time to convey each previous and new voices to the desk. Liz Rose, who helped Taylor write greater than a dozen hits in her early profession — from “Tim McGraw” and “Teardrops on My Guitar” to “You Belong With Me” and beloved Red album lower “All Too Well” — can be a welcome return, and I’d additionally like to see what Taylor might create with songwriters and producers she hasn’t labored with earlier than, like Bonnie McKee, Emily Warren and Mozella.
As for visitor options on the brand new report, it might be superb to see some Taylor’s public, adoring friendships flip into pressional relationships, a la her a number of team-ups with good pal Ed Sheeran. Watching Taylor carry out “Shake It Off” with Camila Cabello and Charli XCX within the pouring rain at MetLife Stadium final summer season made me understand I’d positively stay for a studio collaboration with both her Reputation tourmates. Another apparent selection? Shawn Mendes, who served as an opener on Taylor’s 1989 World Tour and additionally made a particular look on the Reputation Tour to duet along with her on his hit “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back.” I imply, might you think about Taylor and Shawn on dueling guitars?
Here Comes the Sun
The imagery surrounding the Reputation period was stuffed with snakes, cynicism and a sure world-weariness from the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer, and rightly so, contemplating the fixed siege she was below from what should have felt like all sides. Now that she’s efficiently weathered the storm and brought again her narrative, I’d personally like to see Taylor ditch the snakes and reintroduce some the sunnier parts her look whereas nonetheless reveling within the melancholy romance that permeates her discography. If her latest palm-tree-and-star-filled Instagram posts are any indication, the previous Taylor might but have an opportunity being resurrected and returning stronger — and happier — than ever.