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Jack Antonoff’s Music Is Modern Because It’s Retro

Jack Antonoff’s Music Is Modern Because It’s Retro

The song that has most influenced pop music of the past decade might be one released in 1984: Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.” With a rhythm that was twitchy but not quite danceable, with desperate vocals and cooling puddles of reverb, “I’m on Fire” was ballad and banger, confessional and slick, embodied and ghostly. Springsteen sang of being trapped on the edge of catharsis, and the music seemed to want to suspend time. A lot of Taylor Swift’s recent songs contain traces of “I’m on Fire,” either in their specific production choices or in their general mood. So do the songs of Lana Del Rey, the 1975, Lorde, and many other artists who’ve worked with the producer and songwriter Jack Antonoff. Last month at the Grammys, Antonoff won his third consecutive Producer of the Year, Non-Classical award. Today his band, Bleachers, put out a self-titled album that might be the ultimate manifestation of what’s made him important: the yearning, in the 2010s and 2020s, to slow, stop, and even reverse the clock. Many commentators worry …