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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Singer Kacey Musgraves attends All For The Hall Los Angeles A benefit concert presented by The Country Music Hall of Fame And Museum at The Novo by Microsoft on September 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

Isn’t it about a time for a new Kacey Musgraves album? The good news is that she thinks so, too! The “Merry Go ‘Round” singer is indeed working on a new project and planning for an early-2018 release.

The newly married Texan (she wed singer Ruston Kelly in October) recently told Entertainment Weekly that she’s working on a “trippy” new album. “I was thinking about how there are different masks that we wear that represent different sides of us,” she tells the outlet about the upcoming project. “None of the masks are solely us, but they’re all us. On this record, there’s the lonely girl, the blissful girl, the new wife, the girl that’s missing her mom, the angry girl, the sarcastic girl, the ’60s-sequined Cruella de Vil with the beehive, the shy girl, the life of the party, the winner, the loser — they’re all characters on this record. None of them alone are me, but the golden hour is when they all come together and you see me as a whole.”

Kacey’s recent marriage has inspired some love songs, too, a new development in itself. “I’ve never been one to write a love song and really feel it,” she admits in the interview. “That probably sounds like the most depressing thing ever, [but] I’m coming off getting married and being in this golden hour of my personal life, where all these things are finally coming to fruition. I found myself inspired to write about this person and all these things he brought out in me that weren’t there before.”

“Merry Go ‘Round”

This summer’s solar eclipse, which took place on her birthday, also played a role in the new project. Kacey was working on the album as it happened. “It felt like this majestic time where God was saying, ‘This is a moment to be present for, to witness and relish in the beauty of this incredible world,” she concludes. “That was important for me to include on this record. It’s such an ugly time right now with society and politics, and it could be easy to focus on that. But one thing we could use is a little more love and positivity and pretty colors.”

Read more of Kacey’s conversation with EW here. Stay up to date on her touring schedule, which picks back up in February, here.

Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.