Last night Taylor Swift premiered her new song “Out of the Woods” from her upcoming album, 1989. Unlike the bouncy, horn-blasting “Shake It Off,” the new track shows off the ’80s pop influences Swift has said inspired the record (and its title). That’s in part because she wrote the song with Jack Antonoff of fun., whose first solo album as Bleachers this year was a crash course in how to mine the best of ’80s synth pop while still sounding fresh for 2014.
Antonoff says he always wanted to write with other artists, but didn’t get a chance to do so until “We Are Young” and “Some Nights” took off and opened some doors. After participating in some impersonal writing camps for artists such as Rihanna, Antonoff swore off sessions where he couldn’t work fac...
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