Taylor Swift rocked a retro game-show vibe — a kitschy, mellow one — late Tuesday evening as she revealed the identify of 1 music off her upcoming “Midnights” album.
Uno. One. A lone observe identify.
“Hi. It’s me,” she mentioned in a TikTok video the place she sat completely perched, legs folded mermaid-style, on a tiny ottoman in entrance of a crushed-velvet curtain. “I know that I have a habit of dropping cryptic clues and Easter eggs when giving you information about new music and I am not here to deny that. But I am here to defy that. Welcome to a new series I’m calling ‘Midnights Mayhem With Me.’”
Cue the ‘70s-style graphics on a title card reading, appropriately enough, “Midnights Mayhem With Me.”
“I am going to be using this technologically advanced device,” Swift said, gesturing toward a small, gold-tone, manually operated bingo cage to her right, “to help me allow fate to decide exactly what track titles I’m going to be asserting and in what order.”
Within the cage had been 13 pingpong balls, which she mentioned had been labeled 1 by way of 13, every representing a observe on the juggernaut’s upcoming 13-song album.
“So let’s leave it up to fate,” mentioned the 32-year-old, who Tuesday evening was named songwriter-artist of the last decade by the Nashville Songwriters Assn. Worldwide.
She spun the cage.
“The first track I’m going to tell you about,” she mentioned as a ball dropped down the chute, “Track 13!” Then Twitter’s @taylorswift13 confirmed the ball to the digicam and intoned, “Because of course.”
(“i’m not convinced they didn’t all say 13,” one particular person wrote in feedback on the submit. “Def did,” mentioned one other. “she’s too funny I can’t hahahahaja.” In the meantime, a 3rd groused, “My question is where are the REST lmao I didn’t set an alarm for 1 song.” Oh sure you probably did, sir. Sure. You. Did.)
The identify of the music? It’s “Mastermind,” which Swift introduced right into a bright-red telephone handset she grabbed from off-camera. Ooh the thriller. We’re getting a spy vibe? Or a “Red” vibe? A put-down-your-smartphones-already vibe?
“Midnights” is claimed to function the tales of 13 sleepless nights scattered all through Swift’s life. It’s popping out Oct. 21. Now the query is, what does “Mastermind” check with?
Time to start out deciphering these Easter eggs.