Maggie Rogers’ ‘Heard It in a Past Life’ illustrates the world in all its wonder

Maggie Rogers’ ‘Heard It in a Past Life’ illustrates the world in all its wonder

Words by By Greta Brereton

You might have already heard of Maggie Rogers. The American singer-songwriter released the track ‘Alaska’ back in 2016, winning a mass of fans in her home country, as well as in Australia.

As one of those fans, it’s been almost torturous waiting so long for the unveiling of her debut record, but Heard It In A Past Life is well and truly worth the wait.

The 12-tracker is a journey of sorts, chronicling Rogers’ evolution as a songwriter, and as a young woman finding her place in the world. It deals with themes of heartbreak and happiness, uncertainty and growth, all rolled into lyrically evocative songs that stir something in you.

It’s not a sad record by any means, but it does move you in ways you might not expect it to – particularly tracks like ‘Past Life’. This one has a Fleetwood Mac feel to it, with a melodic chorus reminiscent of ‘Dreams’ and Rogers’ vocals not too dissimilar to those of Stevie Nicks.

Songs from her first EP such as ‘Alaska’ and ‘On + Off’ have also found their way onto this album, which might seem lazy to some, but they’re such a big part of Rogers’ journey. They fit in snugly among the newer offerings, which emanate that same warmth and energy.

Singles ‘Fallingwater’, ‘Give A Little’ and ‘Light On’ in particular still stand strong, but all of the songs are single-worthy, and each holds its own bit of magic. They’re empowering, catchy and spirited tracks that make you want to get up and dance, or belt out the words in your bedroom.

Ok, that’s enough gushing – now go and listen for yourself.