Taylor Swift Drops ‘The Archer’ Ahead Of ‘Lover’ Release

The one month countdown to Taylor Swift’s newest album is officially on, and fans were just gifted another early treat in the form of “The Archer.”

After teasing the release on Instagram and in Easter eggs in previous videos, the lyric video hit Swift’s YouTube shortly after her livestream, where she chatted about her new album and thanked fans for their support.

Produced by friend and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, “The Archer” is a sharp contrast to the previously released singles “You Need To Calm Down” and “ME!.” The slower, synth-laden track showcases Swift at her most vulnerable, featuring lyrics like “Who could ever leave me darling? / But who could ever stay?” and “Cause they see right through me? / Can you see right through me?”

iTunes revealed this morning that “The Archer” is the upcoming album’s fifth track, and fans were quick to notice that track 5 usually marks Swift’s most emotional and personal songs—consider Reputation’s “Delicate,” 1989′s “All You Had To Do Was Stay,” and the ever Swiftie favourite, Red’s “All Too Well.”

Also announced today, Swift leads nominations alongside Ariana Grande at this year’s MTV VMA, with both women nabbing 10 nods each, including Video of the Year and Song of the Year. Find out who’ll win big on August 26 on MTV Canada.