If you’re in anyway familiar with Maggie Rogers it’ll be because of one of two things; you’ve seen her on a “One to watch in 2017” list, or you’ve heard about Pharrell Williams and his tears on hearing ‘Alaska’ while Rogers was still at NYU Clive Davis Institute. Either way her debut release is here, in EP format, and it’s stunning. Now That The Light Is Fading is born out of a period of soaking up experiences for the 22 year old, she hiked, she studied, she moved to France, then back to New York, and she had a cat named Cat Stevens. If that sounds intriguing go take a read of her biography on her Facebook “About” page.
The music though is entrancing and enlightening. The five track move from the sparse, spacious two minutes of opener ‘Color Song’ through the truly remarkable ‘Alaska’, with its lilting, delicate vocals and subtly thumping bass track. ‘On + Off’ dials up that bass and threads a pulsing dance line through the earworm-y chorus, and ‘Dog Years’ (“I count my time in dog years / Swimming in sevens / Slow dancing in seconds”) carries that folk-electronic vibe through a lyric about love that resonates, before ‘Better’ rounds things off in a hazy drone of keyboards and Rogers distinctive vocals.
The real icing on the cake though is that Rogers has written and (co)produced the whole EP. For a debut each of these five tracks are beautiful things.