Produced by Max Martin and co-written with Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, Out of the Woods is a frantic monster of a pop anthem that originally came out in October 2014 as a pre-album launch promotional single. Upon its initial release, it entered the NZ singles chart at #8 and the Billboard Hot 100 at #18.
“I just chopped this piece of my voice singing and started looping it over and over,” said Antonoff about the thundering chorus, to which he also contributes backing vocals. “Then I started banging on some drums I had in the room and stomping on the floor and sampling all these sounds to make this big bombastic looping beat with the sample on top of it.”
Whilst it’s only been speculated that she wrote the track about her relationship with Harry Styles from One Direction, Taylor has admitted that the lyrics are about a high profile romance that ended too soon due to fear.
“That song touches on a huge sense of anxiety that was, kind of, coursing through that particular relationship, because we really felt the heat of every single person in the media thinking they could draw up the narrative of what we were going through and debate and speculate. I don’t think it’s ever going to be easy for me to find love and block out all those screaming voices.”
The clip for Out of the Woods was shot just down the road from us here in Auckland last month, and it was shared on the pop star’s VEVO account today (1 January). It’s a ruddy brilliant fairy tale-like visual that captures the emotion of the track and wraps it up with a nice happy ending.