Taylor Swift teases heartbreak ballads on The Tortured Poets Department

New York, New York - The countdown to The Tortured Poets Department is winding down, and Taylor Swift has dropped a few more cryptic hints at what fans can expect from her 11th studio album.

Taylor Swift has dropped a few more cryptic teased for her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department.
Taylor Swift has dropped a few more cryptic teased for her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department.  © Collage: Michael TRAN / AFP & Screenshot/Spotify

The anticipated record will finally arrive on Friday, April 19, and Taylor has treated Swifties to a few last-minute teases as the big day approaches.

On Saturday, the 34-year-old pop star showed off a new "phantom clear" vinyl variant of The Tortured Poets Department, available exclusively at Target, in a new Instagram post.

But more eye-catching than the vinyl was Taylor's caption, which read: "I wish I could un-recall how we almost had it all."

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Fans have long suspected that the album will focus heavily on her split from Joe Alwyn last April after six years together, and the latest tease has only continued to support the theories.

On Monday, the Karma singer appeared in a new promotional video on Spotify, which encouraged fans to pre-save the album on the platform and continue "checking back for more updates from the department."

Along with the obvious teases, Taylor has also taken a bit more cryptic route another set of clues through Apple Music.

What are Taylor Swift's secret messages for The Tortured Poets Department?

Taylor Swift will release The Tortured Poets Department on Friday, April 19.
Taylor Swift will release The Tortured Poets Department on Friday, April 19.  © MICHAEL TRAN / AFP

Taylor has teamed up with Apple Music to reveal a new word each day until The Tortured Poets Department officially drops.

The first word, unveiled through capitalized letters in the lyrics of the song Glitch, was "Hereby," while the second, revealed through the lyrics of peace, was "conduct."

The third, spilled on Monday through Better Than Revenge (Taylor's Version), was "this."

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Capitalization clues are nothing new for the Grammy winner, though this was the first time it was done digitally.

Taylor famously used to hide messages in the lyrics within the booklets that came with her physical albums, often dropping hints at the song's inspirations and other contextual elements of the creative process.

The complete secret message is expected to be revealed when The Tortured Poets Department arrives on April 19.

Cover photo: Collage: Michael TRAN / AFP & Screenshot/Spotify

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