Hear the First Sounds from Kacey Musgraves’ Mystical New Album

A spate of cryptic social media posts featuring open meadows and moody skies hints at an earthy new era for the songwriter.

On Saturday, Feb. 3, a flurry of enigmatic posts began popping up on country musician Kacey Musgraves’ Instagram account. Eight photos simply feature triangles and imagery of pastoral settings, while a ninth post shows a nude figure, presumably Musgraves, curled into the fetal position and lying in a field. When presented as a whole, the images form what many interpreted as the artwork for a new album.

 

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Any remaining uncertainty was dispelled yesterday, when a teaser ad for the record aired during the Grammys, and a pre-order went live on the artist’s website. Flashes of the singer petting horses, sitting in fields, and performing some seriously mysterious earth magic comprise the short, 30-second commercial. “My Saturn has returned,” Musgraves sings in the final seconds of the video—the most telling glimpse thus far at the music to come. Overall, it seems like this album cycle will be a mystical and spiritual quest for the 35-year-old songwriter from Golden, TX.

 

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The upcoming record, which is simply referred to as KM5 on the pre-order page (presumably alluding to its status as her fifth official album), marks the country star’s first full-length offering since 2001’s Star-Crossed. While the actual title is still unknown, there are a few other clues that fans have been obsessing over for the past 48 hours. One of the clips from the teaser ad shows Musgraves penning what appears to be lyrics that also serve as a caption for another recent social media post: “I’m saying goodbye to the people that I feel are real good at wasting my time. No regrets, baby, I just think that maybe you go your way and I’ll go mine.” The journaled words include one slight tweak, with the word “people” replaced by “habits.”

In other Musgraves news, the songwriter took home one Grammy last night for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “I Remember Everything,” which she cowrote with musician Zach Bryan for his self-titled album. Perhaps by this time next year, Musgraves will be in the running for a slew of awards on the heels of her as-yet-unreleased work.