Have you ever listened to an interview with Jack Antonoff? If you haven’t you should. It is fascinating. There is nothing more fascinating to me than how this man’s mind works. It’s because it is something that is so foreign to my own processing that I am completely enthralled by all of it.
If I could, I just want to shadow Jack Antonoff for a day. Not to study how he produces his music but just to study him. I just want to follow him around and watch how he interacts with the world. I want to see him order a bagel at his favorite bagel place. I want to listen in on his conversations with Taylor Swift and Lorde. I just want to know what they would talk about. Like, I know Lorde’s kind of an awesome weirdo. I mean she had a secret instagram account that used to rate onion rings. But what could he possibly have to talk about with Taylor? Seriously, I need to know. And I wouldn’t want to record any of it. I just want to be fully in the moment. Maybe I’d have a little note pad and little bowling alley pencil to take notes with.
And after this day of shadowing him, I think I would unlock the secrets to the universe. Or I would go insane. It would be one or the other, and that’s the beauty of it. There is such a fine line between genius and insanity. And most who are considered the former are also included in the latter.
When I listened to Chemtrails Over The Country Club, my first thought was holy shit, Jack Antonoff really just took everything he did with Taylor Swift and kept it going with Lana. Like, he replicated everything he did on Folklore and Evermore and did it with Lana and pulled it off. Like, it wasn’t even Antonoff making Lana sound like Taylor did on those two albums.
Now, if I’m being completely honest, this is only part two in the trilogy. To treat Folklore and Evermore as separate projects for Jack seems wrong. They’re all part of the same thing. He produced about half of the songs on those two albums anyway. So out of the two, we get one full album of just Taylor and Jack. So that was part one. Part two is Chemtrails, and if we follow this, we all know part three is going to come when Jack produces Lorde’s next album following the exact same formula:
Let’s slow it down, let’s get personal, let’s get melancholic, and we’ll strip it down.
If that’s really the case, I’m really fucking stoked for Lorde’s third album.
Now, I will briefly review Lana Del Rey’s album:
Full disclosure, I am not a huge Lana del Rey fan. I might have told this story before, but until recently, I coached a club swim team. One of the (former) swimmers, age 16, made the comment, “I bet he doesn’t even know who Lana del Rey is.” I took offense. It’s like, like, come on! Even though I’m not a huge fan, just have a little more respect. Geez Louise. I was a freshman in college when Born To Die came out. Give me just a tiny bit of credit.
So even though I am not a huge Lana fan, I found myself enjoying this album. But like the rest of this post, I’m not really sure if it’s because of Lana or Jack doing what he did with Taylor with Lana. It’s moody, it’s pretty stripped down compared to most Lana, and she’s got an amazing voice. There are a lot of really good sopranos in pop music right now, and she’s definitely one of them. Like, if a woman died and her ghost haunted a particular lake town and every full moon thereafter she sung hauntingly beautiful songs to lure her victims to the lake, it would without a doubt sound like Lana Del Rey on this album. And that’s a good thing.
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