Star-crossed introduces us to a new side of Kacey Musgraves
Nearly three years after her album of the year winning LP Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves is back with single: “Star-Crossed.” Laced with a harp and Spanish guitar, the track is Musgraves’ narration of her own Romeo and Juliet story. She sings about two lovers “waking up from a perfect dream” as a metaphor for her life post-divorce. Star-Crossed, which serves as the title track for the accompanying September 10th album is a tilt in the opposite direction from her sweet and starry-eyed previous era.
Musgraves keeps with psychedelic folk-pop
Despite the transition, “Star-Crossed” still captures the easy voice of Musgraves and the psychedelic-folk sound that collaborators Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, and she so magically create. The trio also worked together on Musgraves’ most memorable album Golden Hour. With that, the anticipation for something just as exciting is there. Even more exciting, for me, was absolutely the crescendo of production in the outro of the song. Grandiose strings, synths, and intentional repetition of lyrics made it exhilarating and angelic; a transcendent lift into space.
Star-crossed film accompanies album
Even so, Kacey Musgraves’ artistry doesn’t just stop at music. With this next album, we will really get to see that. Along with the release of the title track as the lead single for the album, Musgraves dropped a teaser for a film. The film will serve as a visual for this album, which she calls a “modern-day tragedy in three acts.” Additionally, the film has cameos from artists like Princess Nokia, Symone, and others. Without a doubt, after watching the trailer the film will be filled with camp, fashion, and drama. Visit Paramount+ on September 10th to watch the film the same day the album drops.