Two twinkly tracks from Kacey Musgraves’ revered 2018 album Golden Hour, “High Horse” and “Space Cowboy,” work as a sort of pair. Both play with barnyard imagery, expand the definition of country pop and sonically stun. But where “Space Cowboy” releases and reckons, “High Horse” sasses—“Space Cowboy” is about the pain in letting go, while “High Horse” is about giving someone the boot. Musgraves shared a sentimental
“Space Cowboy” video back in April, and now there are spirited “High Horse” visuals to match. Watch the new video below.
Kacey Musgraves is not a typical country star. Rarely in music history has disco so closely intertwined with country twang, but, on “High Horse,” Musgraves convinces us that disco and western styles are destined to be together. In the video, Musgraves assumes the role of a bored office secretary, begrudgingly tolerating bigot bosses and tired co-workers. But in her dreams, she’s a disco queen, karaoke connoisseur and stylish horse wrangler. The video’s office scenes bring to mind images of a feisty Dolly Parton circa 9 to 5, while the disco moments recall the glory days of Studio 54.
Musgraves also recently debuted a Japanese version of Golden Hour, and her affinity for the country is apparent in the “High Horse” clip. Japanese cherry blossoms litter the walls and scenery, and Musgraves gallops past neon Japanese signage.
Golden Hour is Musgraves’ third studio album, in addition to her 2016 Christmas project. Five years ago, around the time of her full-length debut, Same Trailer Different Park, we heralded Kacey Musgraves as the Best of What’s Next. Further down below, slow down and sit for a spell with Kacey Musgraves’ dreamy 2015 Daytrotter Session.