Maggie Rogers’ debut EP Now That The Light Is Fading will release on February 17, 2017 via Capital Records / Universal Music Canada. The EP features four original songs written, produced and performed by the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist, including the singles “Alaska” and “Dog Years”, which have more than 25 million streams combined worldwide, across all platforms. See below for tracklisting. “Alaska”, her debut single, charted in Spotify’s Viral 50 in 40 countries and hit #1 in 23 countries. With more than 20 million global streams to-date on Spotify, it earned Rogers a place on the Spotify Best of 2016 and set the stage for widespread international acclaim. Rogers is among Vevo’s DSCVR Ones To Watch for 2017 and was included on the BBC’s The Sound Of 2017 list in addition to being named as one of NPR’s Favorite Musicians of 2016 and a 2017 Artist to Watch by Pandora.
Rogers will kick off her first North American Spring headline tour in San Diego on March 20 and will make stops in Canada in Toronto and Montreal in April. Tickets are on sale now at maggierogers.com. Rogers will make her television debut performing “Alaska” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on February 20.
The official video for “Dog Years” premiered last week on Vevo and can be seen here. Shot in Rogers’ childhood summer camp in Maine, it was directed by filmmaker Zia Anger, who also helmed the video for “Alaska”, which has more than 1.8 million views.
An unfinished version of “Alaska” introduced Rogers to an unexpectedly wide audience earlier this year. The young artist, who grew up playing banjo in Maryland, was working on her music at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She played an early version of the song during a Masterclass taught by Pharrell Williams. After it was posted on YouTube, acclaim began pouring in from a dizzying number of media outlets. Pitchfork said, “‘Alaska’ is one of those songs where the beat is so palpable, the rhythm so ingrained in every fiber of the music…the flow is maintained through a stunning waterfall of Rogers’ folksy falsetto harmonizing with itself.” SPIN marveled at how it, “blends folk, electronic, and pop music sensibilities to form an entirely new hybridized sound.”
NPR Music recently included “Alaska” in their Top 100 Songs of 2016 List and The New Yorker named “Alaska” one of their Three Most Listened To Songs of 2016. The track also appears in the Top 10 of Gorilla vs. Bear’s 101 Best Songs of 2016 while Pigeons & Planes deems Rogers one of the Best New Artists of 2016, Baeble declares she is one of the Top 10 Breakthrough Acts of 2016 and VarianceMagazine names Rogers a “2017 Artist To Watch.”
Rogers recorded Now That The Light Is Fading in Brooklyn and New York City, and produced all songs with collaborators Doug Schadt, Lucio and Nick Das.
1. Color Song 2. Alaska 3. On + Off 4. Dog Years 5. Better
2017 Canadian Tour Dates:
April 4 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON April 5 – Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC