Kacey Musgraves is back with her highly anticipated new album, star-crossed.
When talking with Rolling Stone, Musgraves explains that star-crossed was inspired by Greek tragedies. Drawing from her divorce with her ex-husband Ruston Kelly, this new record sees Musgraves at her most vulnerable.
“This last chapter of my life and this whole last year and chapter for our country – at its most simple form, it’s a tragedy,” Musgraves says. “And then I started looking into why portraying a tragedy is actually therapeutic and why it is a form of art that has lasted for centuries. It’s because you set the scene, the audience rises to the climax of the problem with you, and then there’s resolve. There’s a feeling of resolution at the end. I was inspired by that.”
Stream star-crossed below.
“Breadwinner” is definitely a standout, with bop-worthy instrumentals and a catchy hook that’s sure to get you dancing. star-crossed features previously released singles “justified” and the title track.
The follow-up to 2018’s Golden Hour sees Musgraves reuniting with the same co-producers, Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk. Alongside the album, Kacey Musgraves will be releasing a 50-minute companion film of the same name. The film is set to debut on Paramount Plus.
The new 50-minute film was directed by Bardia Zeinali and stars Kacey Musgraves herself. It features cameos from Eugene Levy, Princess Nokia, Meg Stalter, RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Symone, and Victoria Pedretti. It’s set for release on the same day as the album.
In February, Musgraves explained that the album is a three-act narrative inspired by Shakespeare and a mushroom trip. In May, she also said that it features sonic references to Bill Withers, Daft Punk, Sade, the Eagles, and Weezer.