Maggie Rogers went from complete unknown to buzzy indie pop star in a matter of days. After a video of her master class at the Clive Davis Institute at New York University showed legendary producer Pharrell being moved to tears by “Alaska” went viral, she was thrust into the limelight almost immediately. Subsequent tracks “Dog Years” and “On + Off” and her recently-released debut EP Now That The Light Is Fading (all three songs mentioned here are featured on that release) showed further promise.
Today, after plenty of hints and teases, Rogers has a new song “Fallingwater.” According to a note she posted on Twitter, the song is inspired by the events of the last two years, rising from a music student at NYU to a performer that has shared the stage with luminaries like Sharon Van Etten and been covered by the likes of The Kooks.
“‘Fallingwater’ is about these past two years, this giant transition and ride that I’ve been on,” she says in the note. “It’s a song that celebrates rapid change and how simultaneously scary and electric it can feel. It’s about giving everything and not knowing if it’s enough. It’s about the power of vulnerability – a cry for help and a battle cry at the same time.”
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— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) May 23, 2018
The song features the thump of a bass drum, setting the rhythmic foundation for Rogers’ ethereal vocals and musical arrangement to blossom. Much like her previous work, it’s another example of an artist that doesn’t sound a lot like anyone else out there.
this is a song about release. Fallingwater 5/23.
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— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) May 22, 2018
UPDATE (5/30): Today, Maggie Rogers has shared visuals to accompany her latest song “Fallingwater.” In the video Rogers stands in a red robe-like dress, which stands in stark contrast to the wispy-clouded blue sky and barren, beige sand dunes of the background. The video was directed by Zia Anger, a person with whom Rogers has worked in the past.