Kacey Musgraves debuts in Nashville
Note: This article contains spoilers for Kacey Musgraves’ movie “Star Meld”.
With a new album and a new film, Kacey Musgraves returns – piece by piece.
The Grammy Award-winning artist is releasing “star-crossed” on Friday, her highly anticipated follow-up project to 2018’s critical and crossover success “Golden Hour.”
In a clip for the first single “Justified,” she invites listeners to “fall apart” – this is how you’ll find Musgraves (literally) at one point in the 45-minute feature film, directed by musical filmmaker Bardia Zeinali.
But this overwhelming sadness is not permanent. In the film and album, Musgraves delivers a three-act story that takes listeners through the devastating lows of a breakup (she and singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly’s ex-husband have publicly split up in 2020) until the emotional reconstruction that follows.
Musgraves made his Nashville debut on Tuesday with his self-proclaimed “modern tragedy” with a screening at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Surrounded by friends, artists and industry colleagues – from Maren Morris to the Osborne brothers and country newcomer Breland – spectators watched Musgraves break the marriage (again, literally) on a theatrical trip kind of like “a light at the end of the tunnel” as she sings at one point.
“Nashville as a whole, the people I love and who inspire me, I don’t know what I would do without this city. I’m so grateful for the people in there,” Musgraves said on stage. before the screening. “At the end of the day, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to turn trauma into beauty and I hope you really enjoy it.”
“Hope it doesn’t suck,” she added, laughing.
The Paramount + movie, shot in 10 days in Los Angeles, stars Musgraves alongside appearances by Eugene Levy, Victoria Pedretti, Princess Nokia, Symone and Megan Stalter.
His most ambitious project to date, “star-crossed”, marks Musgraves’ debut album in a joint venture with longtime label UMG Nashville and Interscope Records; she returned to Nashville-based “Golden Hour” producers Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk to produce the album.
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“As this new record was presented, I was really worried about where we were going, only to find that Kacey was putting all her heart and soul into something without walls… for us,” the UMG President said Tuesday. Nashville, Cindy Mabe. night, adding: “Kacey is one of those artists who transcend time, space and music.”
“star-crossed” delivers layered modern synth-pop of Musgraves with touches of acoustic country influence and – most importantly – the unassuming wisdom she has shared throughout her work since “Follow Your Arrow” took over. planted its flag nearly a decade ago among Nashville’s sharpest modern songwriters.
For example, listeners hear Musgraves construct an escape landscape of ’90s mallrats on “Simple Times.” She sings, “I have to get away, if I don’t I’ll go crazy / Because being an adult sucks, and I really miss the simple moments.”
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Last month, Musgraves told Apple Music, “I’m excited to share ‘star-crossed’ just because people know I’m a songwriter who writes about what I’m going through. And I think it would. been extremely embarrassing if I had just acted [like] this last chapter did not happen for me. So I think you’ve seen my flagship reel with ‘Golden Hour’ and that’s the other side of it. And I mean there are some nice parts of it too. “
And as with the best of “Golden Hour,” Musgraves digs into “the crossed star” for the complicated, sometimes overlooked, moments between happy and sad.
Or, as she sings on “Justified,” “Healing doesn’t happen in a straight line.”
Yet she is getting there – piece by piece.