Published Dec 12, 2017A little over two years removed from releasing her sophomore major label effort Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves has now shed some light on the follow-up full-length expected to see release next year.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Musgraves revealed that a new LP titled Golden Hour would arrive in early 2018. The album is said to be "trippy" in nature, with the country star citing the Bee Gees, Sade and Neil Young as influences on her sonics and songwriting.
"I was thinking about how there are different masks that we wear that represent different sides of us," she told the publication. "None of the masks are solely us, but they're all us. On this record, there's the lonely girl, the blissful girl, the new wife, the girl that's missing her mom, the angry girl, the sarcastic girl, the '60s-sequined Cruella de Vil with the beehive, the shy girl, the life of the party, the winner, the loser — they're all characters on this record. None of them alone are me, but the golden hour is when they all come together and you see me as a whole."
While writing Golden Hour over the past year, Musgraves also found plenty of inspiration in her love life, having married fellow musician Ruston Kelly in October.
"I have a lot more love songs this time around, and I've never been one to write a love song and really feel it," Musgraves says. "That probably sounds like the most depressing thing ever. [But] I'm coming off getting married and being in this golden hour of my personal life, where all these things are finally coming to fruition. I found myself inspired to write about this person and all these things he brought out in me that weren't there before."
Musgraves revealed that Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian (the Silver Seas) are the album's primary producers and co-writers, while also confirming the return of collaborators Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Natalie Hemby. She also received some encouragement — both of the verbal and liquid variety — from none other than Sheryl Crow, who let her record Golden Hour in a studio above her horse stable.
"She has Guinness on tap, so she would have a Guinness with us," Musgraves explained. "We ended up talking about reincarnation one night and getting so heady. I was like, 'This is amazing!' It set the tone."
Musgraves recently got some props from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, who cited her songwriting as influential to Vampire Weekend's forthcoming record.