Taylor Swift is set to release her seventh studio album Lover on August 23 and is giving fans a sneak peek of what they can expect on the new record. Following the lead single “Me!” featuring Brandon Urie and the LGBTQ-friendly “You Need To Calm Down,” Swift dropped the emotional and raw “The Archer” on Tuesday night.
Releasing the lyric video for “The Archer,” which sees Swift teaming up with her 1989 producer Jack Antonoff, the new song is a marked departure from Lover’s first two bubble-gum pop singles. “The Archer” harkens back to Swift’s more vulnerable songs like “All Too Well” and “Delicate.” A fan of hidden meanings and messages, it’s no surprise that “The Archer” is reminiscent of the two songs from 2012’s Red and 2017’s Reputation, with both sitting in the number five track spot. Swift teased “The Archer” earlier this week by sharing a video of an arrow hitting a bullseye with the number five on it, with the clip taken from her celebrity-filled “You Need To Calm Down” video. Want some deep insight into Taylor Swift? Always listen to track five.
The synth-heavy retro song has fans guessing at the inspiration, with the lyrics “I’ve been the archer, I’ve been the prey, screaming, who could ever leave me, darling, but who could stay?” possibly pointing to Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn. Some fans have also connected the song to Alwyn because The Archer is also the name of a dive bar on the east side of London, Alwyn’s native city, and a line from “Delicate.” We know, it’s a lot.
y’all the archer is a dive bar located in east london
— ankita (@stateofswixft) July 23, 2019
Swift also sings “All the king’s horses, all the king’s men, couldn’t put me together again, ’cause all of my enemies started out friends,” which could be related to the singer’s rumoured falling out with longtime friend Karlie Kloss, or her not-so-rumoured feud with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta.
To celebrate the new song, Swift also uploaded an Instagram live video shot in a trailer on the set of her next music video, which is not for “The Archer,” according to Swift. “It’s just a song I love on the album. I haven’t made a video for it or anything. This is just sort of a glimpse into another side of the album I wanted to show you,” said Swift of her latest release. The singer also went into detail on the themes and inspirations that have gone into Lover, which will include additional appearances from Antonoff.
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Swift said that since this is the 13th year of her career, she’s marking her lucky number by going all out with Lover. Swift told fans that there are four deluxe editions of Lover that will be available at Target in the US and on her website, which will include 120 pages taken directly from the diary Swift has kept since she was 13 (of course). The set will also include a blank journal for fans, as well as a CD, booklet, and additional art.
The singer, who is set to star in the new adaptation of Cats, said that Lover will feature 18 tracks, the most songs she’s ever included on a single album. “There’s a lot that’s covered emotionally,” said Swift.
Swift also touched on her 10 MTV VMA nominations, which were announced on Tuesday, saying that this music in particular being acknowledged was extra special. “I’m so proud of it,” said Swift of her GLAAD-inspired “You Need To Calm Down” video, which is up for Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop, Video For Good, Best Direction, Best Editing, and Best Art Direction.