Kacey Musgraves Make Stunning Statement in Song “star-crossed” + Film Trailer (Review)

Following the release of her acclaimed album Golden Hour, she won a number of awards, including a GRAMMY Award-winning artist who faced her own personal devastation as well: divorce. 

Kacey Musgraves releases the title track of the upcoming album, star-crossed, on September 10th alongside a film directed by Bardia Zeinali. There will be a live stream of the movie on Paramount+ in the United States and on MTV channels globally.

It’s like sitting in the back of a cathedral with its tall arches and stained glass mosaics. The track “star-crossed” sets the new era in motion with an echo of voices that evokes a heavenly feeling. The instrumental suddenly morphs into a vibrating organ as it plays beneath the choral singing. A heavy layer of voices and music suddenly cut out. Before Musgrave’s familiar soft vocals begin, a Spanish guitar plays on its own. Her first words are, “Let me set the scene / Two lovers ripped right at the seams / They woke up from the perfect dream / And then the darkness came.” In combination with the music, the lyrics and sounds create the feeling of an opening scene for a tragic play.

Everything steps up to the next level when she sings the title, “star-crossed.” A mandolin and harp sound desperate in this piece, and an electric guitar adds a sense of retribution. You can almost hear a whisper chiming in for a few seconds in the background. They sound angry as if warning that something perilous is near; the chorus returns with a vengeance this time.

There is an eclectic mix of modern and wild west fashion statements in the trailer. The palette blends pastel colors with shades of dark blue, violet, and red. The project will star some familiar faces such as Eugene Levy from Schitt Creek, Victoria Pedretti from The Haunting of Bly Manor, and RuPaul Drag Race winner Symone. Director Bardia Zeinali, who has worked with Justin Bieber, Troye Sivan, and Carly Rae Jepsen, will direct the film. At the end of the trailer it asks the ambiguous question, “What if our darkest tragedy became our greatest triumph?

What do you think?

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