Maggie Rogers’ Notes from the Archives is an Indie Folk Dream (So Please Listen To It — Seriously)

On December 18, 2020, singer-songwriter and producer Maggie Rogers released a compilation album, “Notes from the Archives: Recordings, from 2011-2016.” As I stated in the title, it is an indie-folk dream, so you should totally listen to it.

You might be wondering: “Kieran, why are you trying to convince me to listen to a record that came out three months ago?” The answer to that question is because I couldn’t write an opinion piece in the middle of December, but I can now. Therefore, please listen to this album that came out three months ago; it’s really good.

You might also be wondering: “How is this at all relevant to life at Luther?” The answer to that question is that it isn’t, and I can write what I want (obviously, it’s the opinion section.) But it would be really cool if people at Luther listened to Maggie Rogers just because she’s cool and talented (trust me, I have good taste.) So, here’s why you should listen to it:

The record’s premise is super cool — especially for Rogers, who hadn’t released a compilation before or most of these songs. Essentially, she released songs she had written before her commercial breakthrough in 2016. She breaks the album into four distinct eras, which are featured in reverse order.

The first era is the most recent, and the sound of the opening song on the record is folk-pop, which can be found on her 2019 album “Heard It In A Past Life.” “Caledon & Gold” has the stylistic implications of a contemporary folk song with a sweeping pop-rock arrangement.

Her next featured era has indie-folk arrangements centered on lyricism and storytelling, such as the song “James.” The song is about James, who has moved on from the narrator’s relationship, but it centers on the love that remains after a breakup, not the hostility. The song is a beautiful indie-folk arrangement that carries Rogers’ storytelling abilities to new heights.

The next chapter of her album features unreleased songs from Rogers’ time with the Del Water Gap band. This era offers a folk sound that emphasizes the acoustic melody. “New Song” features both Rogers and Del Water Gap and is six minutes and twenty-three seconds.

The final chapter of “Notes from the Archive” features music that ties all songs together to create an impeccable indie-folk record. An impeccable indie-folk record that you should really listen to — seriously, it’s available on all streaming platforms.

At only 26, Rogers has been nominated for a Grammy, released two studio albums, two independent records, one EP, and two singles. Her commercial success has bred loyal fans and overwhelming opportunities for Rogers. “Notes from the Archives” is just a reflection of her talent, so search it on Spotify and give it a listen — you won’t be disappointed.

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