Kacey Musgraves' new album set to arrive in 2021, inspired by 'tragedy'
Here's another reason things are looking up in 2021 — a new Kacey Musgraves album is on the horizon.
The Nashville crossover star is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone, and the accompanying interview delves into the self-care and personal work she's done during the pandemic, and in the wake of her divorce last year from fellow singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly.
That work has been intertwined with the progress she's made on her next album — the follow-up to 2018's critically acclaimed Grammy champion "Golden Hour" — which is set to be released later this year.
Rolling Stone reports that as of mid-January, Musgraves had written 39 songs for the project, and she's once again working with songwriters and producers Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian, who also co-produced "Golden Hour."
It's clear, though, that this new album won't retrace "Golden Hour's" steps. Musgraves is taking inspiration from Greek tragedies, and is potentially dividing the album's songs into multiple acts.
“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,” she says in the piece. “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.”
The story even follows Musgraves into a songwriting session with Fitchuk and Tashian as they work on a song called "Star-Crossed." Musgraves sings of "two lovers ripped right at the seams...Signed the papers yesterday/ You came and took your things away/ I moved out of the home we made/ And gave you back your name."
The Latin-tinged track might end up featuring guitar work from Carlos Santana, and elsewhere, Musgraves namechecks Bill Withers, The Eagles and America as points of musical influence.
"I can’t help but to write about what I’m going through," Musgraves says in the story. "I want to honor the huge range of emotion that I’ve felt over this past year, past six months. I also want to honor the relationship we had and the love we have for each other. Because it’s very real.”
No matter what, the to-be-titled album stands as one of the most anticipated follow-ups of the year. "Golden Hour" was named one of the best albums of the 2010s by numerous outlets, and won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2019.