Earlier this week, I published a little fangirl discussion about Taylor Swift, and the rumors that her newly pastel hued Instagram page hid clues about new music. On April 26 at midnight, she released new music in the form of the collaborative (with Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco) pop effort ‘ME!’
With this new single (??), Taylor proves what headlines allude to; the old Taylor is, in fact, “not dead.” (Not that I ever really thought she was.) This new tune is catchy, and pop heavy, colorful and strange (in the typical Taylor-Swift-makes-it-work-fashion), and makes me hope this new music will return to her lighter or ballad driven fare.
Here’s what we see in the new music video and learn from the song; let’s chat about ‘ME!’ and Taylor’s foray into her new music.
Fan-Girl Discussion: ‘ME!’ Welcomes the TS7 Era!
1: Taylor is going to make pastels trend
2: The music video is vibrant
3: The song reminds us and is (thankfully), with exception to a moment or two, a return to the Taylor fans met and connected with (referring to the light hearted “girly” nature)
4: Swifties put on their detecting skills to seek out all those Easter Eggs; here’s a few headline and fan sightings:
- There’s more than one nod to prior Swift videos
- There’s nods to past Swift song lyrics
- The video smashes the dark era that was Reputation; not just in the opening, but throughout the opening sequence
- Plus, said opening sequence features a variation on the LWYMMD video
- In all likelihood, the word “Lover” is revealing, but of what?
- Also, Taylor says the next album title is in the video: what do you think it is?
- Oh yeah, and though not an Easter Egg, the video smashes Swift’s prior record
The song itself is catchy and let’s be real, it’s been in my head all day (and yes I did wait up to watch the video and buy the song). That said, I think it’s a song, same as some of Reputation’s tracks have, that will grow on me more with time. According to Swift the song is all about embracing “…individuality and really owning it,” and she further says; “with a pop song, we have an ability to get a melody stuck in people’s heads, and I just want it to be one that makes them feel better about themselves, not worse.” I love any song that is feel good (still love ‘Shake it Off,’ ‘Mine,’ and ’22’) because they do instantly put a smile on the listener’s face.
All this to say, on April 26th, Taylor’s surprise and countdown is what we expected: the launch of new music, and the return to the Taylor of before. (Also, who else things some of the once upon a time theories of this day are weird!!)
Fangirl Discussion: 'ME!' Welcomes the #TS7 Era! Talking about the single 'ME!' (#MEmusicvideo #MEOutNow) from Taylor Swift Click To Tweet
I promise that you’ll never find another like me / I know that I’m a handful baby, uh / I know I never think before I jump / And you’re the kind of guy the ladies want
(And there’s a lot of cool chicks out there)
But one of these things is not like the others / Like a rainbow with all of the colors / Baby doll when it comes to a lover / I promise that you’ll never find another like
Taylor Swift, “ME!”
(feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco)
I’m curious! What did you all think about this new music? Did you like it or are you hoping for a different sound for the album? Tell me all your thoughts below!
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Photos: Taylor Swift / Valheria Rocha