February 1, 2023

As promised, Taylor Swift‘s music video for “Anti-Hero” — the lead single from her tenth studio album, Midnights — arrived at 8am ET this morning.

Based on Taylor, the 13 tracks on Midnights characterize the tales of 13 sleepless nights scattered all through her life. In “Anti-Hero,” she sings that midnights grow to be her afternoons when her “despair works the graveyard shift.” The music video, which Taylor wrote and directed, represents “my nightmare eventualities and intrusive ideas [playing] out in actual time,” she tweeted.

The video begins with Taylor working from (cute however scary) ghosts in her house earlier than opening her entrance door to face one other model of herself as she sings, “It’s me, hello, I’m the issue, it’s me.” They take pictures with one another on the espresso desk. This “intrusive ideas Taylor” smashes Taylor’s blue guitar, convinces her that everybody will betray her, and even shames her for her weight. “Actual Taylor” vomits in “intrusive ideas Taylor’s” lap.

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About midway by the video, the music stops and we’re launched to Taylor’s grown sons and daughter-in-law, performed by Mike Birbiglia, John Early and Mary Elizabeth Ellis, respectively. They’re attending Taylor’s funeral, the place they discover out she’s solely left them every $0.13 and her seaside home is to grow to be a cat sanctuary. The lyrics go:

I’ve this dream my daughter-in-law kills me for the cash
She thinks I left them within the will
The household gathers ’spherical and reads it
After which somebody screams out
“She’s laughing up at us from hell!”

Satisfied Taylor should have left a secret encoded message within the will (poking enjoyable at her personal penchant for Easter eggs), the household continues studying. The need ends, “P.S. There is no such thing as a secret encoded message which means one thing else. Love, Taylor.”

Watch and Pay attention

Watch the video beneath to discover Taylor’s tackle her personal intrusive ideas, and hearken to “Anti-Hero” on SiriusXM Hits 1 (Ch. 2).

Hits 1 Unique

In a SiriusXM Hits 1 unique, Taylor answered the fan query, “What drew you to the idea of making an album primarily based on sleepless nights of the previous?”

“I believe that I’ve all the time been fascinated with sleeplessness,” she defined. “My followers have identified through the years that I consistently am writing about 2am, you recognize, nighttime, issues like that, as a result of I believe that it’s simply such a weak, remoted time. It’s a time once I’ve written a number of my songs. It’s a time when the catharsis of songwriting has helped me probably the most.”

One other Midnights music video will drop simply subsequent week on October 25 at — you guessed it — midnight.

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