Dylan O’Brien, Zoë Kravitz, and more make surprise appearances on Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’

Dylan O’Brien, Zoë Kravitz, and more make surprise appearances on Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’

HTML1. Did you see these sneaky cameos?


By Lauren Huff October 21, 2022 at 12: 15 AM EDT

It’s nice to have a friend — or in Taylor Swift‘s case, several.

In addition to Lana Del Rey‘s featured appearance on the track “Snow on the Beach,” many familiar faces have more sneaky cameos on the singer-songwriter’s new album, Midnights.

For starters, the album’s opener “Lavender Haze,” was not only co-written by Catwoman herself, Zoe Kravitz, but it also features background vocals from the star. Swift, Jack Antonoff and Mark Anthony Spears wrote the song. Jahaan Akil sweet and Sam Dew also contributed background vocals.

A few songs later, “Snow on the Beach” is a beautiful track about falling in love with someone while you are falling for them. Swift co-wrote the ditty with Del Rey and Antonoff (who also co-wrote 10 other songs on the album). But there’s also a famous face playing the drums: Dylan O’Brien.

The Teen Wolf actor previously starred in Swift’s All Too Well: The Short Film, which released last November alongside the re-recorded version of Swift’s album, Red.

Zoe Kravitz and Dylan O’Brien

Zoe Kravitz and Dylan O’Brien

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The collaboration of sorts doesn’t end there, though. Later on Midnights, in the track “Question…?” Swift sings the lyrics: “Did someone ever kiss you in a crowded place and all your friends were making fun of you?” But 15 seconds later they were clapping, too? “

A crowd can be heard clapping at the point. It turns out that this group is actually Swift friends, in an art-imitating-life fun bit. The credits of the album reveal that Antonoff, Swift’s sister Rachel, and O’Brien created the sound effect.

As he’s done in the past, Antonoff also lends background vocals to several tracks on Midnights. And, in what has become something of a new tradition, Swift’s longtime boyfriend Joe Alwyn co-wrote the song “Sweet Nothing,” although he didn’t provide any vocals or instrumentals. Alwyn previously co-wrote songs for Swift’s albums Folklore and Evermore, all under the alias William Bowery.

Midnights is Swift’s 10th studio album, and features a return to more personal subject matter after departing from that format with her last two albums. Over 13 songs, it charts the course of 13 sleepless nights throughout Swift’s life.

Midnights is available to buy and stream now.

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