“I Can See You” shows Swift seductively addressing her potential lover. Ensnared with a sexual atmosphere, she continuously challenges and invites her partner to explore their newfound relationship, both romantically and sexually.
With similar themes, this song is reminiscent of her 2017 reputation track, “Dress,” which delved into her sexual admiration of her now ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn. Although this track does not seem to address anyone in particular and was originally written around 2010 for the first version of Swift’s Speak Now album, it emphasizes Taylor’s recent use of rock and alternative sonics.
The blend of synthesizer, guitar and bass mash up to create a rather new and fresh sound to Taylor. The experimental sound, in which Swift also later went on to dive into throughout albums like 2017’s reputation and 2022’s Midnights, have always made Swift’s discography as a whole interesting to listen to. Especially around the time her 2014 album, 1989, in which she fully embraced Pop music and Pop influences in her songs, she talked about how she always wanted to be experimental with her art – during a 2015 interview for extratv, she said:
I think that it’s important to experiment with different things. I think that the direction you wanna go musically, it has to surprise people. There are a lot of my songwriting that I haven’t explored yet.
“I Can See You” is a magnetic blend of atmospheric production, enticing melodies, and Taylor Swift’s signature storytelling prowess. It captures the essence of longing, secrecy, and the undeniable attraction between two souls who dance on the edge of temptation.