[Album]: Now That The Light Is Fading EP
[Artist]: Maggie Rogers
Overall Grade/Rating: 9.3/10
Subject Matter: 8/10
Replay Value: 9/10
Fav Songs: Alaska, Dog Years
Least Fav Songs: Better
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IATI Artist to Watch, Maggie Rogers, has released her much anticipated 5-song debut EP.
The success of “Alaska” provided an unexpected spark to the career of Maggie Rogers. With the release of the new EP Now The The Light Is Fading, that career is at full throttle. The EP includes mega-hit “Alaska” as well as her other two previous singles. The two new songs go a long way in showing the musicality of Rogers.
“Color Song” opens the EP in a unique fashion. The A Capella ballad shows the confidence Rogers has in her voice, also in her ability to create captivating harmonies. It also paints a good picture of Rogers as a songwriter. She uses color to describe the outdoor environment where her music often resides. It’s an excellent starting point for Rogers music.
Following “Color Song”, Rogers brings out her sharpest weapon in “Alaska”. No matter how many times you hear it, “Alaska” never fails to completely captivate. There is little doubt that this is the strongest song on this debut. “On + Off” was the most recent single. It sits well in the middle of the EP because it has a choppy feel that isn’t present on any other song. Where every other song glides from note to note, “On + Off” jumps, it’s a nice contrast to the rest of the EP.
“Dog Years” feels the most connected to Rogers folk roots. Rogers proves that she is a songwriter at heart. It probably gets slights overshadowed by “Alaska” or it would be a hit as well. The closer is the other new song called “Better”. Rogers vocals float through the verses on top of an ever present synth. “Better” is a good close to this debut as it does a good job of encompassing all of the elements that make Rogers music so unique.
Check out the EP on Apple Music and Spotify. You can watch the music video for the hit “Alaska” below.