The Grammy winner informed Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe her new record is liken to a “rebirth” as well as a “clean slate.”
Musgraves’ upcoming album reflects on the rollercoaster of emotions she experienced after her three-year marriage with fellow singer Ruston Kelly ended.
“I feel like the past year I’ve gone through, I think it’s the five stages of grief,” she recalled, admitting how she moved through anger, depression and loneliness before arriving at “excitement and hope for the future.”
Musgraves said she learned that “healing is not linear,” adding, “It’s very up and down, it comes in waves, and you just got to hold on through it.”
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“I’ve learned a lot about control through this whole thing,” she continued. “You’d think that letting go would send you into even more of a spiral, but I think if you can learn to embrace it a little bit…it’s been nice.”
At the end of the day, “Star-Crossed” is what pushed Musgraves to heal and evolve from the heartbreak.
“It took me back to ground zero in completely trying to just understand myself,” she said. “I’m honestly really glad for the opportunity to acknowledge the relationship, acknowledge the love that I had, but move on and be better.”
“Everything about the making of star-crossed has been bone-chillingly synchronistic and serendipitous. The muse was handing it to me almost faster than I could keep up,” Musgraves said of creating the album in a lengthy post to Instagram.
“And as quickly as things had seemed to fall apart for me personally, all these other things, creatively and spiritually, started culminating in a way I’ve never experienced before. A flow of energy so powerful I know it does not come FROM me but through me. This chapter was a challenge and a thrill. A sword and a gift. A f****** plummet and a climb.”
“Recording these songs felt like scoring a movie. A movie where I was the narrator or spectator looking in on someone else inside of a great tragedy,” she continued.
“In the middle of the tracking room was a beautiful bed dressed in the most heart-wrenching roses and drapery…I just wanted something pretty to look at while being stuck in a dark studio for weeks. But, it soon became the physical and visual center of my recording universe. It was a soft place to plan our next executions. Somewhere to mourn but forge ahead. A place to practice or nap between takes. A place to attempt singing laying down (doesn’t work). And largely – a symbol. You’ve made your bed. Are you happy laying in it?”
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