Single Review – Maggie Rogers – Dog Years

Many people have already seen the viral video of Pharrell Williams listening to ‘Alaska’ by Maryland NYU student Maggie Rogers earlier this year. In amazement he declares her sound unique. That may be a slight overstatement with clear similarities to Christine and the Queens, Anna of the North and certain tracks from Grimes. Despite this, to be comparable with them so soon, shows that’s there’s real talent there. Her new single ‘Dog Years’ is another chance to demonstrate this and though not as seamless as her first track (being broken up by more prominent beats), it still chimes and sweeps effortlessly. The lightly whirring electronica bounces off her vocals generating a symmetrical sound and this is the basis for the gradual flourishing of the song in the choruses. Though it’s more typical of a sophisticated contemporary Pop song, it still demonstrates her knack for production and her graceful delivery. If the only way is up, then she can really be as unique as Pharrell suggests.

Owen Riddle

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