Taylor sheds her skin
Hard-edged new track ‘look What you Made Me Do’ takes potshots at haters, but is it kanye, David Mueller or someone else who’ll “all get yours”?
“I’m sorry, the old taylor can’t come to the phone right now…”
“oh, ’cos she’s dead.”
We only hear taylor’s side of this phone call at the end of new single ‘look What you made me do’, but we hear all we need to. In short: no more mrs Nice Gal.
earlier this week, swift deleted all the pictures on her Instagram account and replaced them with glitchy videos of what appeared to be a reptile. the third confirmed we were looking at a snake, which is significant – the snake emoji is the shorthand for taylor on social media, the implication being she’s serving an agenda, a snake in the grass. ‘lwymmd’ is taylor reclaiming the snake, its lyrics defiant, its sound bulletproof.
the track is a co-write with Jack Antonoff, the Bleachers singer and co-author of swift’s ‘out of the Woods’ and lorde’s ‘melodrama’. the sound is hard-edged pop
– like her smash ‘1989’ album – but darker and more electronic. Where ‘1989’’s songs built up to a massive chorus, ‘look What you made me do’ takes it to a huge drop and the propulsive mantra of the title. It’s a song that flips the perky ‘1989’ on its head. Where ‘Blank space’ spoke of “a long list of ex-lovers”, the new single has a more ominous “list of names and