Taylor Swift is known for her love of puzzles and clues, and her latest challenge for her fans is no exception. The pop superstar has partnered with Google to reveal the names and snippets of six unreleased songs from her upcoming re-recorded album, 1989 (Taylor’s Version), which is expected to drop later this year .
The puzzle, which is called the “1989 Vault Tracks Puzzle”, is available on Google’s Arts and Culture app and website. It consists of six pieces of artwork, each representing one of the vault tracks. The artwork is inspired by Swift’s lyrics, style, and aesthetic, and features references to her previous albums, songs, and eras.
To solve the puzzle, fans have to use Google Lens, a tool that allows users to search for information using their camera or photos. By scanning each piece of artwork with Google Lens, fans can unlock a short audio clip of the corresponding vault track, as well as its title and a brief description. The audio clips are also available on YouTube Music.
The puzzle is not easy to crack, as some of the artwork is quite abstract and cryptic. For example, one piece shows a pair of scissors cutting a red string, which could be a reference to Swift’s song “Red” or her relationship with Harry Styles, who wore a red string bracelet during their romance. Another piece shows a Polaroid photo of a couple kissing in front of a Ferris wheel, which could be a nod to Swift’s song “You Are In Love” or her friendship with Karlie Kloss, who shared a similar photo on Instagram in 2014.
However, some fans have already managed to solve the puzzle and reveal the names and snippets of the vault tracks. Here are the titles and descriptions of the six songs, according to the puzzle:
- “Better Man”: A song that Swift wrote for her former band Little Big Town, who released it in 2016. The song is about wishing an ex-lover would treat you better and regretting letting them go.
- “Babe”: A song that Swift co-wrote with Train’s Pat Monahan, who also provides backing vocals. The song is about confronting a cheating partner and breaking up with them.
- “Message In A Bottle”: A song that Swift wrote with Max Martin and Shellback, who also produced it. The song is an upbeat pop anthem about sending out a message to a potential lover and hoping they will respond.
- “I Bet You Think About Me”: A song that Swift wrote with Ed Sheeran, who also features on it. The song is a playful acoustic track about teasing an ex-lover who still thinks about you after breaking up.
- “Forever Winter”: A song that Swift wrote with Jack Antonoff, who also produced it. The song is a melancholic ballad about loving someone who struggles with depression and addiction.
- “Run”: A song that Swift wrote with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, who also duets with her. The song is a soaring rock track about running away from your problems and finding solace in each other.
These six songs are expected to be part of the deluxe edition of 1989 (Taylor’s Version), which will also include Swift’s original 13 tracks from the 2014 album, as well as three bonus tracks: “Wonderland”, “You Are In Love”, and “New Romantics” . The release date of the album has not been announced yet, but fans are speculating that it could be on October 27, which is the anniversary of the original album’s release .
Swift has been re-recording her first six albums after losing the rights to her masters in a dispute with her former label Big Machine Records and its new owner Scooter Braun . She has already released Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in April 2021, which included six vault tracks featuring collaborations with Keith Urban and Maren Morris . She has also teased that she will release Red (Taylor’s Version) in November 2021, which will include 30 songs and a 10-minute version of “All Too Well” .
Swift’s 1989 Vault Tracks Puzzle is a clever way to engage her fans and build anticipation for her upcoming album. It also showcases her creativity and talent as a songwriter and storyteller. Fans can expect more surprises and secrets from Swift as she continues to reclaim her musical legacy.