Jack Antonoff Details What It Was Like To Record 'Lover' With Taylor Swift
By Katrina Nattress
August 18, 2019
On Friday (August 16), Taylor Swift shared the title track off her upcoming album Lover, which was co-produced by Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff. That same day, he took to Twitter to give some details about what it was like recording with the pop star.
"lover the song out today," he began a series of tweets. "did this one entirely at electric lady in NYC. only [sound engineer] laura sisk and taylor in the room. taylor wrote every stitch of this song and came in and played it for me - just a perfect moment to hear what she had done alone the night before."
He then revealed that Swift wrote the song on piano before bringing it into the session. "when someone brings in a song that speaks so much just on a piano it’s rare to imagine production around," he wrote. "but then we started playing with space echo reverb on a snare hit really hard with a brush ...."
"from there the 'paul' bass happened and the washy piano," he continued. "melotron in bride to sound like a dream sequence wedding. but the part i’m most proud of is her voice drowned in verb. cuts right through and sits all around you at the same time."
They spent six hours in the studio that night, and that was all the time they needed to record all the pieces that would become "Lover. "worked that night for about 6 hours and besides the mix all the tracks and takes are from then," Antonoff explained. "live drum, bass, acoustic, 12 string, upright piano and melotron. all going through copycat and space echo. big mess until it’s not."
"Lover" is the third offering off Swift's new album, following "The Archer," "You Need to Calm Down," and "ME!" Lover is slated for an August 23 release date. Check out the tracklist here and Antonoff's tweets below.
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