New Music Monday: Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves | Golden Hour | 2018 | 46 Minutes | MCA Nashville

Everyone and John Mayer raved about Golden Hour, Kacey Musgrave’s new album.

Golden Hour‘s cover shows Kacey against a blue sky, wearing in nothing but the sun, air blowing through her hair.  The audio matches the visual.  Golden Hour feels like a breath of fresh air on a clear sunny day.  Each track has only what it needs: Kacey’s clean, girlish voice, a couple instruments, a few effects and plenty of open space.

At 29, Musgraves says she’s in “the golden hour, so to speak, of my 20s”.  Musgraves cites horses, the solar eclipse and LSD as inspirations.  Kacey told EW: “Psychedelics can make you feel like a grain of sand.  It’s good for your ego.”  One can detect much groovy spaceyness on Golden Hour.  Just check out the first verse of “Oh What A World”:

Northern lights in our skies
Plants that grow and open your mind
Things that swim with a neon glow
How we all got here, nobody knows
These are real things
Oh, what a world, don’t wanna leave
All kinds of magic all around us, it’s hard to believe

Kacey throws in a few tokens like John Wayne, Elvis, and Silverados for country cred, but most of Kacey’s lyrics draw from nature and everyday life.  The whole album has a groovy country- goes- to wellness camp thing on.  “Space Cowboy”  represents a rarity: an amicable breakup song!  I can only describe “High Horse” as a country disco song (Musgraves said she listened to a lot of BeeGees while making the album).  And who hasn’t been stuck at home making peace with their “Lonely Weekend”?

Kacey also got married recently.  Songs like “Butterflies”, “Love Is A Wild Thing” and “Golden Hour” articulate honeymoon bliss.  “I don’t want to just write sad songs,” she says. “I hear a lot of songwriters say, ‘I’m happy now, I can’t write anymore’.  And I don’t really understand that.  I want to write about everything.”  It feels great to hear from someone who actually enjoys being alive.

Listen to Golden Hour when you’re doing chores around the house, hanging with friends or enjoying some alone time.  Zen out and take time to smell the flowers during Golden Hour




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