Writing credits have been released for Taylor Swift’s upcoming album, “Midnights,” and they include actor Zoë Kravitz and Swift’s longtime boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn.
The credits, as seen on the iTunes desktop app, show that Kravitz, along with five other writers, including Swift and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, helped create the track “Lavender Haze.” Kravitz also participated in the album’s 11th song, “Karma”. It remains unclear whether Kravitz, who is the lead singer of electropop duo Lolawolf, will also provide vocals for the songs.
In a Instagram Video earlier this month, Swift explained that she ‘stumbled across’ the phrase ‘lavender haze’ while watching an episode of ‘Mad Men’ and thought it ‘sound cool’ . She later discovered that the phrase was used in the 1950s to describe being in love.
“For example, if you were in the ‘Lavender Haze,’ it meant you were in that all-encompassing glow of love, and I thought that was really beautiful,” she said. “And I guess theoretically when you’re in ‘Lavender Haze’ you’ll do anything to stay there and not let people knock you off that cloud. And I think a lot of people have to deal with this now…because we live in the age of social media and if the world finds out you’re in love with someone, they’re going to weigh in on it.
“My relationship for six years, we’ve had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff, and we just ignore it. And so this song is kind of about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff.
Alwyn, who stars alongside Margaret Qualley in Claire Denis’ “Stars at Noon,” helped write the song “Sweet Nothing.” He is officially credited as William Bowery, a pseudonym he also used for his credits on Swift’s “Folklore” and “Evermore” albums. On her Disney+ special, “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions,” the “All Too Well” singer revealed “William Bowery is Joe” and said he wrote the chorus for the track “Betty” and that he had invented the first verse and piano accompaniment for “Exile” on the album. Alwyn also helped create three songs on the “Folklore” follow-up album, “Evermore”, including the title track.
During Appearance in May on “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” Alwyn explained why he and Swift used a pseudonym.
“We chose to do this so people would listen to the music first before dissecting the fact that we did it together,” he told Clarkson. “We did it under the name William Bowery. Very stylish. It looks like some kind of Agatha Christie character who should wear a monocle with a big mustache.
The credits for “Midnights” also show that Swift and Grammy-winning producer Antonoff teamed up for 11 of the LP’s 13 tracks, with the “Cardigan” artist penning the track “Vigilante S—” on her own.
Swift has leaked information about her upcoming album in a drop-by-drop fashion. Last week she shared details on Instagram about his collaboration with singer Lana Del Rey on the song “Snow on the Beach”.
The “Cruel Summer” musician described Del Rey as “one of the greatest musical artists of all time.”
“The fact that I can exist at the same time as her is an honor and a privilege and the fact that she is so generous to collaborate with us on this song is something that I will be grateful for for life,” said Swift said of Del Rey. “I absolutely love it and I really hope you love this song as much as I do.”