The viral star showcases her creative diversity with a brooding, clink-y new track.
If you thought Maggie Rogers's fifteen minutes of viral fame was slipping away, the former independent singer-songwriter (now signed to Capitol Records) peels back the layers of her craft like an onion--the release of her new track "Dog Years" forges a hearty, robust and compelling narrative of the dark corners of her mind. She carves her heart from her chest, enveloping you in an atmospheric and high-fi sense of nostalgia, regret and beckoning the past to follow. "If dog years are 7-to-1 then counting your time in dog years means you really value your time. The thing I've always been most scared of is time passing," she shared, via Genius.com, in a lyrical breakdown of the song. "This is me grappling with what that means. I'm happy where I am, but sometimes I wish I could go back and just be making Annie's Mac and Cheese with my college roommate. But this life I have now is pretty awesome, too."
The first line reflects her understanding of clock's relentless and brutal tick. "I count my time in dog years, swimming in sevens, slow dancing in seconds," she whispers. "Oh, and I'm the one that loves you."
As she later points out, she relates daydreaming prominently in both her previous single "Alaska" and now again in "Dog Years." The second verse reads: "I spend my time daydreaming. As sure as the sea, it's just you and me..." She explains the resurfacing imagery, "I didn't even realize I mention dreams in both [songs] until now. Subconsciously, I guess I am a daydreamer. I write down my dreams almost every night. There's so much color and exciting narrative and they're much more interesting than what I did that day. Dreams reflect everything's that's happening anyway."
Specifically, "Dog Years" is "about graduating from college," she notes. "For a while, I started thinking about graduation as the afterlife. For my whole life, I've always known what's coming until this period, which seems like a very dark free fall. And there's a lot rumors about what happens, but I wasn't really sure what was going to happen. So, I wrote it to somebody I loved to say, 'No matter what happens, we'll still be OK.'"
She continues, "There's really a different afterlife for everybody, leading to the inevitable, 'hypothetical' afterlife–'hypothetical' because everyone can believe what they want. I'm swimming, free falling, spinning through this afterlife right now. You know, in August, my lease is going to be up. That's going to be a new afterlife."
Rogers anticipates an EP release in 2017.
Take a listen to "Dog Years" below:
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