EP Review – Maggie Rogers – Now That The Light Is Fading


The ever emerging talent of Maggie Rogers has continued to grow from her viral introduction to the world less than a year ago. A five track EP has been produced in a relatively short space of time since then with the famous ‘Alaska’ single taking centre stage. The single has delicate beats and clicks with gently warping electronica which go on to merge into one as the verse bridges to the chorus. Once there, a muffled, but heavier beat gives the song a catchy quality without sacrificing the delicate and natural sounds that are reinforced through her wispy melodies. With ‘On + Off’ we hear her develop her sound even more with a song that features bolder samples and piano loops which are woven together into a melodic fabric with a subtle, but charged rhythm driving it. Maggie sings with a almost a folk swoon that exudes calm and control to balance against a busy instrumentation. 

The lightly whirring electronica of ‘Dog Years’ 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. ‘Better’ is a refrained track featuring multiple layers of wiry and whirring electronica arranged in an airy, chilled fashion which serves as the perfect environment for Maggies relaxed vocals. ‘Color Song’ is mostly an a capella song with an earthy and calming feel as Maggies multiple tracks vocals gently sweep across each other. She’s certainly proved herself to be an accomplished producer with an ability to fuse opposing sounds together in a seemingly effortless way. Introverted songwriting mirrors the imagery she uses to channel her lyrics and with these aspects she moulds songs that are multi-dimensional and functional. No long a viral sensation, but a proven talent. 

Owen Riddle 

Single Review – Maggie Rogers – On + Off

Maryland’s Maggie Rogers was unwittingly thrust into the viral spotlight last year via Pharrell Williams stunned faced and almost by accident, her career has took off. She certainly has the talent to justify what for her is totally unexpected praise and attention and with her initial singles she’s demonstrated a keen ear for simple melodies and musical fusions and a versatility to make it work. With ‘On + Off’ we hear her develop her sound even more with a song that features bolder samples and piano loops which are woven together into a melodic fabric with a subtle, but charged rhythm driving it. Maggie sings with a almost a folk swoon that exudes calm and control to balance against a busy instrumentation. Her talent is growing with each new track and this is just another landmark of it. 

Owen Riddle

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