Kacey Musgraves has released two new songs titled “Space Cowboy” and “Butterflies” which will be a part of her new album Golden Hour set to be released on March 30th. Musgraves indicated back in October of last year that she was in the studio recording new music for her third studio album.
The new songs appear to indicate a shift in sound for Musgraves after her first two albums were mostly traditional leaning. These tracks lean more pop than anything that she has previously released although you still have country instrumentation.
“Space Cowboy” is a trippy sounding pop country song that describes the ending of a relationship. She doesn’t want the two of them to be trapped in a relationship that is obviously over. “When a horse wants to run there ain’t no sense in closing the gate. You can have your space, cowboy.”
“Butterflies” is the opposite of “Space Cowboy” thematically as it is an upbeat love song. We didn’t get to hear a lot of love songs on Musgraves’ previous two albums so that is another change for this album possibly. She talks about what it was like before she fell in love and how this man gives her butterflies. It’s a pretty simple, straight forward pop country love song.
If I had to pick one of the two I would pick “Space Cowboy” as my favorite however they are both fine songs. If I am being honest I do hope that Musgraves has at least some traditional leaning tracks on Golden Hour. She is one of my favorite artists in country music and I am very much looking forward to her first new album since June of 2015.
Track Listing for Golden Hour out March 30th
- “Slow Burn”
- “Lonely Weekend”
- “Oh, What a World”
- “Love Is a Wild Thing”
- “Space Cowboy”
- “Happy & Sad”
- “Velvet Elvis”
- “Wonder Woman”
- “High Horse”
- “Golden Hour”