Maggie Rogers’ success story sounds too good to be true. But it all happened, despite the fairy tale narrative: travel to a remote western state, write a song about it, play said song for Pharrell during his visit to NYU’s recording studios, watch the video of that visit go viral, and see the record pop.
Between “Alaska” and Blood Ballet, her overlooked 2014 project that will likely go down in history as an unofficial demo, Rogers turns to nature samples in her music, wrapping birds, wind, and rocks in audible packages for the rest of us to enjoy. She makes music in the name of hope and exploration—all she has to do now is follow up "Alaska."—Alex Siber