Counting Down the Days: MAGGIE ROGERS Announces NEW ALBUM “SURRENDER” Out JULY 29

The last time we heard something big from Maggie Rogers was pre-pandemic. January 18, 2019 to be exact, when the Grammy Award nominee released her beloved album Heard it in a Past Life. Given the tumultuous events that followed in the year after Rogers’ album release and the fact that she hasn’t released anything since, Heard it in a Past Life is haunting in a “what-we-didn’t-know” sort of way. Listen to the album’s titular track “Past Life” to get a better sense of this eerie forthcoming. Rogers recently released a new, folk-infused jam “That’s Where I Am” from Surrender, along with a teaser trailer for the album which she co-directed with Michael Scanlon.

Official Trailer for Surrender, dir. Maggie Rogers & Michael Scanlon

In fact, Rogers went a bit further off the grid during lockdown and the pandemic. In early 2020––after multiple sold-out headline tours and major festival performances in support of Heard it in a Past Life––Rogers retreated from the limelight to support her own equilibrium. She relocated to the coast of Maine, to a remote destination that would be the backdrop for a disorientingly comedic and refreshingly chaotic TikTok presence during Covid’s afternoon months. 

So was she entirely gone from the music sphere and her fans? No. Rogers expressed on occasion that she deeply missed performing on stage, and she even sang a cover of “Iris” with indie powerhouse and musical peer Phoebe Bridgers to raise over 150k for Fair Fight Action, an organization created to address and combat voter suppression in the United States. The duo’s cover performance has since been taken off Spotify, but you can still listen to it on SoundCloud

Surrender album art, courtesy of UMusic

During her time in Maine, Rogers was inspired by the harshly beautiful North Atlantic. Its swells, crashing up against jagged rocks, made her stillness feel all the more deliberate. In Surrender, Rogers channels that unfettered ocean energy into an album which, in many ways, is almost three years in the making. She recorded Surrender in three distinct locations: her parents garage, Electric Lady Studios in New York City, and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios near Bath, England. Expect rawness, fierceness, joy, and emotional catharsis. 

For a long time I fought it. Resisted. Held up my fists,” Rogers says in the album trailer. “Tried to hold the current. Foolish.  I found peace in distortion. A chaos I could control. Turned the drums up real loud hoping they could shock me back in. Break the numbness. Let the bright lights drag me out.

Maggie Rogers, Surrender Trailer

Summer is fast-approaching, and smack-dab in the middle of it is the release date for Maggie Rogers’ highly anticipated new album Surrender, July 29, 2022. In the meantime, you can preorder the alum here, and prime your ears by listening to more from Maggie Rogers here

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