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There’s something about a heartbreak track set to country music that can make a song feel more raw and visceral than if it were done in any other genre. Case in point, Kasey Musgraves’ latest single “Space Cowboy,” which features the country artist continuing to bridge the gap between country, pop, rock, and folk.
Building a beautiful pun out of the title of the 2000 film starring Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner, Musgraves sings longingly about giving literal and figurative space to her partner, though finding no love in return for her actions. The dimly lit music video matches the sombre mood of the song, with Musgraves wandering alone around an empty country house while her cowboy rides through a small town in Mexico City on his horse.
The new single, which will be an instant replay for anyone going through a breakup, is part of Musgraves’ impressive third studio album Golden Hour. The album debuted at No. 1 on the country charts and No. 4 on the Billboard 200, earning Musgraves an opening slot on the upcoming North American leg of Harry Styles’ world tour, starting June 5 in her native Texas. Styles is following in the footsteps of his fellow former One Direction member Niall Horan, who scored new country artist Maren Morris as one of the openers on his Flicker World Tour.
Musgraves is set to perform at the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on May 12 when comedian and actor Amy Schumer hosts.