maggie rogers

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here i'm making a maggie rogers thread. her album from earlier this year is so... pleasant, in a way i should maybe find suspicious or cloying but it's a space i love spending a ton of thoughtless time in anyway. her newest single leaves the campfire behind and launches itself right into fleetwood mac-core, and is so wonderful that i had to make this thread

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 25 November 2019 18:47 (two years ago) link

I liked that first single she put out (whatever it was) but then found the album really dull after one listen; but I'm willing to give it a shot again.

akm, Monday, 25 November 2019 19:49 (two years ago) link

I'm assuming this song isn't a 2 Live Crew remake

akm, Monday, 25 November 2019 19:50 (two years ago) link

you could probably gather that from it having a different title and definite articles

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 25 November 2019 19:54 (two years ago) link

I liked the album a lot. I seem to recall describing it as being music for Starbucks, but somehow in a good way?

Simon H., Monday, 25 November 2019 19:59 (two years ago) link

It's been awhile since I heard it, but I remember really liking about half the album and being really bored by the other half. This single is pretty good though and bodes well for more.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 25 November 2019 20:00 (two years ago) link

this woman is gonna have a crazy long and successful career. heard it in a past life was an amazingly self-assured and well-crafted bit of festival pop, highlighted for me by the slight touch of rocksteady in 'overnight,' and the sun-drenched guitar on 'back in my body.'

haven't heard the new song yet.

jacquees, full of cobras (voodoo chili), Monday, 25 November 2019 20:35 (two years ago) link

she is i think better live than on record - i really enjoyed her show back in may and that "fallingwater" snl performance still slaps. nothing else on the album for me reached the same pinnacle as that song but i still really liked it and i guess it'll make my year end list.

this new song is fine, kind of shaggy and loose and not my favourite but as a bookend to the era it works.

monotony, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 01:31 (two years ago) link

yeah, really surprised by these songs' longevity for me - way moreso than other MOR radio pop of recent months, from Carly Rae Jepsen on down

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 02:32 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

new single is decent

ufo, Friday, 15 April 2022 05:32 (five months ago) link

that's an understatement. it's great

braised cod, Friday, 15 April 2022 17:22 (five months ago) link

i like this much more than anything else I've heard by her since Alaska. Nice seeing David Byrne pop up in there on his bike. I like how he's just been randomly showing up lately (he plays a doctor in Amy Schumer's Hulu series also)

akm, Friday, 15 April 2022 18:09 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

another very good one

ufo, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 23:05 (four months ago) link

i loved maggie's last album but none of these new singles do it for me
reminds me of how latterday sharon van etten feels so laborious and overproduced, the springiness all weighed down with gravitas

sean gramophone, Thursday, 2 June 2022 00:45 (three months ago) link

I love the distorted production on this.

braised cod, Thursday, 2 June 2022 19:50 (three months ago) link

These songs are extremely busy and melodramatic, but an unrestrained approach works for me here. I particularly like the part in the newest single where it sounds like a piano is falling down the stairs.

monotony, Friday, 3 June 2022 00:17 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

really good album!

ufo, Friday, 29 July 2022 06:51 (two months ago) link

New York Times article has me curious---

Remembering that “making beats is fun,” she joined a virtual song-a-day accountability group with the likes of Feist, Damien Rice and Mac DeMarco. “I would go for a walk and then listen to all my favorite artists make some [expletive] in our kitchens,” she said. “It was so sick.” The demos she produced in her own home studio sounded joyful, which surprised her.

She thought the tumult and rage of the moment would lead her elsewhere. And then it did.

“I talk so much about the artist’s job being to feel,” she said recently. “Feeling through the last couple of years — there’s been so much pain and so much suffering and so much injustice in the world. It brought up a lot of questions for me about what I believe, and how I want to structure my artistic practice or my business. Or my life.”
So Rogers, while she was busy concocting sick beats in her kitchen, enrolled in Harvard Divinity School. “I wanted to build a framework for myself, for how to keep art sacred,” she said.

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 July 2022 12:14 (two months ago) link

The video for the propulsive, synthy first single “That’s Where I Am,” with a bed of glitches and handclaps underneath Rogers’s clarion vocals about desire, pays tribute to that, as she catwalks through downtown Manhattan in a green boa, and piles into a cab with a New York crosscurrent — club kids and office workers. (The guitarist Hamilton Leithauser, the photographer Quil Lemons and David Byrne, who she cold-called to collaborate, show up too.)

Her musical process starts with making a mood board. “In production, I always think of records as world building — if I understand that, what the world is, it’s way easier for me to understand what the bass should sound like,” she said.

Kid Harpoon, the British producer, with whom she co-wrote her 2018 single “Light On,” remembered that the images for “Surrender” included black-and-white grittiness and ’70s New York

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 July 2022 12:15 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

surprised there's not much discussion of this here really because it seems like something people here should really like

ufo, Monday, 15 August 2022 05:39 (one month ago) link

I haven't heard the new album yet, but everything I've heard by her previously has been underwhelming and stops this being a priority listen. On paper this is exactly my sort of thing but I find it hard to form any connection to what I've heard from her.

boxedjoy, Monday, 15 August 2022 06:46 (one month ago) link

it's a bit of a shift from where she was before, it's a bigger & bolder sound, kinda late 90s heavily processed pop-rock? you'll know if you like it based on the singles

ufo, Monday, 15 August 2022 07:48 (one month ago) link

I like the album and I like her, but it's been hard to properly devote time to it given that Renaissance came out on the same day.

I'd group this with other vaguely-big-sounding-90s-alt albums that have come out this year - the new Soccer Mommy, Eliza and the Delusionals, Hatchie, beebadoobee - there are probably others I'm forgetting, enough to loosely classify as a trend I think.

monotony, Monday, 15 August 2022 08:19 (one month ago) link

Had hopes for this, but some of it is too alt pop-rock samey

curmudgeon, Monday, 15 August 2022 13:08 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

Yeah, I'm having trouble getting into this too. On paper it sounds right up my alley, but it all kind of just washes by.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 14 September 2022 18:31 (two weeks ago) link

It's kind of monochromatic in a sense, but once you click to its frequency it's all great.

braised cod, Wednesday, 14 September 2022 18:37 (two weeks ago) link

I feel like leaning on Kid Harpoon for the whole album did her few favors. He's a good fit for some of the songs, but I think some of the others could have benefited from other producers.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 14 September 2022 18:40 (two weeks ago) link

I like this album ok, but the production is very samey. Great for a song or two, but there's not enough variety to sustain a whole album.

That's Where I Am is a pretty bingeable single. That big '90s fuzzy bassline with bombastic drums really works for me.

The Ghost Club, Tuesday, 20 September 2022 10:47 (one week ago) link

otm re the production

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 20 September 2022 14:12 (one week ago) link

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