Taylor Swift has released seven new songs written during the album’s creation just three hours after releasing her new album, Midnights.
Taylor Swift promised a “special very chaotic surprise” at 3 a.m. on social media, writing:
“Surprise! 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. However! There were other songs we wrote on our journey to find that magic 13. I’m calling them 3am tracks. Lately I’ve been loving the feeling of sharing more of our creative process with you, like we do with From The Vault tracks.
So it’s 3am and I’m giving them to you now.”
“The Great War,” “High Infidelity,” and “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” are the three new songs that feature Dessner; each credits the National member alongside Swift as the song’s producer, composer, and lyricist.
“Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” also features Bryce Dessner and Bryan Devendorf from the National, and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon as studio personnel and an engineer. Big Thief drummer James Krivchenia also contributes to “High Infidelity.” All three Dessner tracks feature Thomas Bartlett, aka Sufjan Stevens collaborator Doveman.
Taylor Swift revealed Midnights while accepting the Video of the Year award at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. The album comes after Folklore and Evermore, as well as Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version), all of which were part of her album rerecording campaign. Swift collaborated closely with Jack Antonoff on Midnights, which also features Lana Del Rey, Zoe Kravitz, Joe Alwyn (aka William Bowery), Jahaan Sweet, Red Hearse’s Sam Dew and Sounwave, Bleachers live band members, and others.
Taylor Swift collaborated with Ed Sheeran on a new version of “The Joker and the Queen” and shared “Carolina” and “This Love (Taylor’s Version) between Red (Taylor’s Version) and Midnights.