Kacey Musgraves Presents Two “Raw” Songs From Upcoming Album
Kacey Musgraves shares a preview of his yet-untitled fifth studio album in a new episode of the A slight change of plans podcast, in which cognitive scientist and host Dr Maya Shankar explores how life changing shapes people’s minds.
In Musgraves’ case, one of those changes was the shift in perspective she encountered on a psychedelic mushroom trip she took while writing the album. Another was her divorce from fellow artist Ruston Kelly, which she announced in July 2020, ending a two-year marriage whose love story inspired the critically acclaimed and award-winning album. Musgraves Grammy, Golden hour.
During her appearance on the podcast, the singer sings a few lines from two different songs, the first of which – “Camera Roll” – was inspired by misguided late-night photos on her phone that she wasn’t yet. ready to delete.
“Don’t go through your wrap / So much you don’t know you forgot / What a trip / The way you can flip / Through all the right parts / I shouldn’t have that, “sings Musgraves.”Chronological order and nothing but torture / Scroll too far back, this is what you get / I don’t want to see it, but I can’t delete it / I don’t feel good yet / Not yet…”
She remembers breaking out into “the ugly kind of crying little kid” while writing the song, confronted with all the painful memories of the good times of her marriage. Exposing your emotions in a song doesn’t always come easily, says the singer, but this album is full of vulnerable moments.
“That one was really tough. There’s a bunch of them out there – they’re pretty rough,” Musgraves admits. “I share a lot about my inner feelings, and it’s not always easy for me.”
While Golden hour was also an intensely personal project, says Musgraves, it was about a time in her life that was happy: the songs told about her love affair with Kelly and the joy she felt during that time. This time around, the singer has chosen to be vulnerable at an often painful and negative time in her life.
âDude, I think all my life I’m the older sister, the performer, and I think being that strong, unfazed person was just kind of a benchmark for me,â she admits. “And I realize now as I get older that it’s the least strong thing you can doâ¦
âThere was a time when I was like, ‘I’m falling apart on the inside,’â Musgraves continues. “‘I am not worthy of love. I suck. I will never do this again, I never want to get attached to anyone again.’ I felt really burnt by that, you know what I mean? And so I have to remember that those feelings are even more about people than this blurry, blissful, dopaminergic love album. feel, unfortunately, that the other. So I think it will be even more accessible to people. “
At the end of the podcast, she sings an excerpt from another song on the album, titled “If I Was An Angel”.
“If I were an angel I would never have to change / I would never have to change / But something has to change,” she sings.
Musgraves sees a link between Golden hour and her new project, and the more comfortable she feels about sharing a more difficult chapter in her life, the more she sees the two projects as different sides of the same story.
âOne thing that interests me is – what comes after the golden hour? At night. And so, I’m in a nocturnal period,â she points out. “The cool thing is that there will be light again.”
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