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Kacey Musgraves discusses new album with Zane Lowe

My one-man, country-adjacent crusade to get people to convert over to the Kacey Musgraves fandom is in full effect now that her fifth studio album Star-Crossed has an official release date.

The Texas-born psychedelic pop singer is past the preview stage and on to the real deal, dropping both the album’s title track and a trailer for her full-length accompanying film of the same name yesterday. There’s not a lot of time between now and the album’s release date in early September, so Musgraves is making the full promotional push as we speak.

That included a stop at Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 radio show. Musgraves reiterated the “Greek tragedy in three parts” concept behind the record and how her divorce informed most of the album’s content. Golden Hour wasn’t exactly subtle, but so far Star-Crossed is looking like it’s set to be bombastic and highly dramatic on purpose, which could be really cool or really overblown. I have my fingers extra-crossed for the former.

A good sign is that Musgraves is still finding inspiration in one of the secret weapons from Golden Hour: psychedelic drugs. Prefacing her own personal use by dissuading the inherent “clickbait” notion of drugs, Musgraves explains: “If you do any kind of research about psychedelics, and mushrooms, and plant therapy, I mean, it’s really helping a lot of people. And I’m not here to be any kind of advocate on that. I just know what kind of works with me. And I would never push anyone to do anything that they’re not comfortable with.”

Adding: “It’s incredible though. And I went in, it was at the beginning of this year. I was like, ‘I want the chance to transform my trauma into something else. And I want to give myself that opportunity, even if it’s painful.’ And man, it was completely life changing in so many ways. But it also triggered this whole big bang of, not only the album title, but the song ‘Star-Crossed’, the concept. Me looking into the structure of tragedies themselves, as an art form throughout time.”

For any fans hoping for a return to the sound featured on albums like 2015’s Pageant Material, Musgraves explained that the new record is both an acknowledgement of her country past and a progression into a more genre-bending future. “I think that there are certain aspects of this record that sound a little bit more country, I guess than Golden Hour. I don’t know. But at the same time, I feel like I’m tapping into more influences on this, widespread influences on this album.”

The entire interview can be found on Apple Music. In the meantime, speaking of psychedelic country, here’s ‘Velvet Elvis’, just because it’s a great song.

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