Review: Now That The Light Is Fading by Maggie Rogers

Now That The Light Is Fading by Maggie RogersMaggie Rogers was no absolute newbie when, last year, Pharrell Williams’ reaction to an early draft of “Alaska” catapulted her to a new level of fame. She had released a bunch of EPs by then, mostly folk-y stuff, but she eschews that sound on her new EP, Now That The Light Is Fading. What we got instead is a short shot of occasionally tropical, often trippy, not at all in-your-face electro-pop. It’s quaint, it’s playful, and it’s fun if you hear it at the right moment. Essentially, if you’ve heard “Alaska”, you’ve heard it all. Even the relatively different prelude, “Color Song”, blends in all too well with the aesthetic of the rest of the EP. Now, I wouldn’t say I was disappointed: I did enjoy “Alaska”, and still do, and her other songs (two of the tracks here have been released as singles post-breakout) still give me a little grin, although they don’t stand out as much. I was hoping for some variation, though. Some texture. Alongside her EPs, yes, this is texture, but, you know, this was her moment – until a full-length record arrives and they pull the right strings, that is. [NB]3/5

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