Maggie Rogers - Now That the Light is Fading - EP - Review
Throughout the past year, Pharrell found and heavily endorsed several artists. The one featured here is Maggie Rogers, who released her debut EP, Now That the Light is Fading, today. Three of the songs were put out as singles in anticipation of this release, but for the majority of folks out there this 5-song EP will be a completely fresh and welcome addition to their library.
Maggie Rogers starts off the EP with 'Color Song' - a fitting name in some ways, and not in others. She introduces herself here singing with no production besides a friendly frog in the background, chirping away. The theme throughout follows being in nature, providing vivid descriptions of watching a sunset; "Now by the dying embers / we watched the day grow old."
'Alaska' is the first track that you'll hear on the EP and get a true sense of what kind of a special artist Maggie Rogers is. Production flips to a bubbly electro-pop tune, and she shows off her vocals in all different ways throughout 'Alaska'. Next is 'On + Off' - another single that got huge airplay from Beats 1 and BBC Radio. We're treated to more synths, and an added emphasis on the keys. It features fantastic layering - it's sonically seducing. The title is an accurate description of what this song is about; and "on and off again" relationship. She sings about coming back 'on' to a relationship; "When I feel like I'm drowning / and then I see you / it's ok / it's ok."
'Dog Years' is the 4th song on the EP, and it actually features spoons and mason jars to create the main rhythm sample. It is a small thing, but it has a great sound, and uniqueness is always appreciated. When asked about the song, Maggie said; "It is about change, about loving and leaving and still loving, about trusting yourself, about trusting the universe, about being a good friend and never having enough time." The finale on Now That the Light is Fading is 'Better'. It begins lyrically with; "Silence lays like lace around my mind / delicate embrace I need sometimes." She is chasing something continuously in this song, something "better". She sings; " When I get sick of the silence / I get back on the highway / could be going nowhere / I can be going your way / sick of the silence / but I'll be somewhere new by dawn."
Maggie Rogers is a wonderful talent at the very beginning of her career. The early backing from Pharrell will certainly benefit her, but her rise will be due to her own wonderful skill. She is out on the road touring right now, with nearly every single US date sold out. The hype is real for now. Give it a listen below and see what you think!