Jack Antonoff has become one of the most sought-after pop producers over the past five years but his contributions this year feel particularly significant. Chances are, Antonoff has produced at least one of your favourite pop records this year. He's produced for Lana Del Rey, Clairo, Taylor Swift and more but that's not all.
Later this month, Antonoff will release his third record as Bleachers, Taking The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night. It's been four years since the last Bleachers record, not that you can blame him for the wait. He's been hard at work crafting the new pop sound with production credits on some of Swift's biggest records as well as albums by The Chicks, Carly Rae Jepsen, and even Australia's own Amy Shark.
If you're having trouble keeping up, here's a primer on all the projects that Antonoff has worked on this year.
Taking The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night is the first Bleachers album since Antonoff has exploded as a producer. Instead of lean heavily into a pop lane though, he's doing it on his own terms. Early tastes of the new record see him channelling Americana, particularly finding influence in Bruce Springsteen who features on the record.
The album, due for release on 30th July, also features writing credits by Antonoff's close friends St. Vincent and Del Rey. We'd be surprised if the album hadn't also crossed the ears of Lorde and Swift.
When Antonoff initially suggested that he and Clairo work together, she declined, worried that she did not have anything substantial to show him. She eventually relented and the result is her second album Sling. It's the most personal and intimate record she's ever made, inspired by artists like Carole King and Elliott Smith.
Before the release of the record Clairo told Rolling Stone, “[Antonoff] confirmed things that I was feeling that I wasn’t telling anybody about: being depressed, even though I managed to have a music career. I felt so guilty for being terribly sad while the best thing that’s ever happened in my life happens to me.”
Antonoff also introduced Clairo to Lorde who provides backup vocals on Blouse and Reaper. Clairo returned the favour by lending her vocal talents to Lorde's Solar Power.
Swift was the first artist to give Antonoff his first big pop production credit. He assisted on 1989's Out Of The Woods and has been with her ever since. Alongside Aaron Dessner, he was a key producer on both Folklore and Evermore, the former earning him another Grammy award.
On top of that it seems he's been helping with the re-recording of Swift's back catalogue. He was credited as a producer on several song off Fearless (Taylor's Version) including vault track Mr. Perfectly Fine. Swift and Antonoff are one of the most iconic duos in pop music and we always have time for a bridge by the pair.
Antonoff first worked with St. Vincent AKA. Annie Clarke on her album Masseduction. Then, Clarke co-wrote on Swift's Cruel Summer with Antonoff and he returned as the key producer on 2021's Daddy's Home. The record is a wild departure from their previous work together. While Masseduction was futuristic and experimental, Daddy's Home looks to '70s Manhattan for inspiration. It's a vintage, soul-infused record that once against shows a different dimension to Antonoff's capabilities.
Lorde and Antonoff first worked together on the world-stopping Melodrama. It seems that Lorde hasn't deviated from the formula that made Melodrama so good, enlisting Antonoff once again for her third album Solar Power. First single and the title track of the album suggest a sunnier sound this time around. Antonoff has produced across the whole record and it sounds like the pair will be going for a much more guitar-based sound, inline with the work Antonoff has been making for other artists this year.
It's also probably not going to be the last time we hear the two together. "Jack's and my relationship is really deep and is like a marriage in some ways, a platonic marriage," Lorde told Ash London. "We're in it for life I think at this point. We've been very close for five or six years now."
Lana Del Rey
Antonoff and Del Rey made a masterpiece the first time they worked together on Norman Fucking Rockwell and they did it again with this year's Chemtrails Over The Country Club.
According to Antonoff working with Del Rey is not like any of the other projects he contributes to. He told Rolling Stone, "I see her and my work as just, like, in a different zone or something."
It remains to be seen whether Antonoff will be a contributor to her second album for the year Blue Banisters which was due for release this month but has been delayed.
Rodrigo is the only artist on the list that Antonoff didn't physically work with, however, he had an influence on her record-breaking debut Sour. Rodrigo credited Antonoff and Swift on the writing credits for two songs on the album. 1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back interpolates reputation closer New Year's Day while Deja Vu is influenced by Lover's Cruel Summer.