Back in December, Kacey Musgraves announced her fourth album, Golden Hour, due out early this year. Now, we have the second single from Golden Hour, the power pop ballad “Space Cowboy”. The first, head-over-heels, lilting love track “Butterflies”—which has become a fixture in Musgraves’ live shows—was written just after Musgraves met her husband, fellow singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly, whom she married last October. On the flip side, “Space Cowboy” is a less than sentimental, steel pedal driven track which paints the end of a love affair as inevitable as day turning into night. Check out “Space Cowboy”, the latest from Musgraves, below.
According to Musgraves, Golden Hour draws influence from artists such as Sade, Neil Young, the Bee Gees, and Sheryl Crow, the latter of which helped “set the tone” for Golden Hour and even went to share her recording studio.
Most country fans know Musgraves best for her debut album, Same Trailer, Different Park, which won her two Grammy awards and a passionate following. After listening to “Butterflies” and “Space Cowboy”, we think it’s safe to say that Musgraves is staying close to her old corner, the “New Nashville”, a scene of progressive country artists grappling with their traditions while trying to stay relevant.
The indelible “Space Cowboy” echoes the incredible Emmylou Harris, a fellow singer/songwriter on the Nashville scene, while the light hearted twang of “Butterflies” is in spirit of Little Big Town. These two songs bode well for Musgraves, who seems to be completely comfortable in her skin and country roots. With Kacey Musgraves, it looks like the future of this genre is in good hands. Get ready, because Golden Hour drops March 30th.