Kacey Musgraves' 'High Horse' Is a Disco-Tinged Departure That Nods Toward The '70s

Kacey Musgraves
Jamie Nelson

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves is full of surprises, always has been. Her last album, 2015’s Pageant Material, earned Musgraves a lot of cred outside of the country world and effectively made her into a pop darling. The album’s follow-up will be out next week and it’s called Golden Hour. We’ve already heard two singles: “Butterflies” and “Space Cowboy.” The latter earned Musgraves the #1 spot on our Best Songs Of The Week list.

Musgraves released a new single today called “High Horse” and boy is it something! “High Horse” is a straight-up disco song with an undulating bassline that sounds-off to the 1970s. On paper, this doesn’t sound like much of a Kacey Musgraves hit, but the lyricism is quintessentially country. The song starts out with a John Wayne reference as Musgraves describes some buzzkill who storms the party like a gun-slinging asshole out to ruin everyone’s night. It’s a genre mashup for the ages and I love it.

Listen below.