Wacky singer k.d. lang says she's coming out of the closet again ? and this time she's invincible.

"I'm proud that I was one of the first ones out, singing loud and proud," the 38-year-old lesbian tells The Advocate. "My sexuality is an aside, a part of who I am, but the soul of k.d. lang is k.d. lang. Now that the pressure is off of me, I can get back to that.

"Over the last three years I really slowed down. It's been more than rejuvenating ? it's almost as if I'm born again," lang says of her absence from the public eye. "I took time off to recharge my batteries. Now, going to Home Depot at 7:30 in the morning to buy lightbulbs is incredibly opening for me."

Invincible Summer, lang's new album, is reminiscent of "old-school pop," she says. "The title is drawn from the Albert Camus quote, 'In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.' The album's really about taking the time to find that core sunshine that burns inside of me. It is spiritual: It's all about love."

The chanteuse adds that she was proud to perform at the Equality Rocks concert in Washington, DC, in April alongside Melissa Etheridge and George Michael. "It was a glimpse into the future, the way things could be," lang says. "The feeling around DC was amazing. It was homo paradise ? like a big episode of Gaywatch."