- 15 Jul 22
'Horses' marks the third release from the American singer-songwriter's forthcoming album, releasing July 29.
Maggie Rogers has released the third taste of her forthcoming album Surrender, coming July 29.
Rogers' alt-pop vocal transcends traditional love tracks in this latest single, with a soft background of simple beats, combination of acoustic and electric guitar, mixed with soft bass and a twinkle of tambourine. This confused track dreaming of escape while trying to hold on to a love that's slowly slipping away is the perfect easy listen for a lazy July afternoon.
This latest drop hugely differs to the first two releases from Surrender. With a much slower, emotional air 'Horses' shows a diverse emotional range in this forthcoming album.
Speaking to Dork about 'Horses', Rogers revealed a bit about the making of the single: "“That song, writing it felt like a dream,” she explained.
“I started writing it, and I looked over at Tom (Hull, Kid Harpoon) and I was like "…is this stupid?" He was like "just keep going. Just keep going." It just came. I didn’t know, totally, what it meant or who it was about. I wrote it in the same day as 'That’s Where I Am' and 'I’ve Got A Friend'. I’ve never had a three-song day before. 'Horses' was at the very end of the day. I was exhausted. Because of that, it’s a one-take vocal. It was the end of the night. I was like "I’ll do it once, then I’m going to bed." It’s quite emotional. I didn’t know that I could do it that many times.
"Most of the vocals on the record are the first take, if not then the second. There’s not a tonne… Because they’re so emotional. It was about the rawness of it. It wasn’t about it being pretty. It’s one of my favourite things I’ve ever made. I still get goosebumps when I hear the end. It’s also hard to watch a little bit, for me. It’s hard to listen to. I can hear how knotted up I was."
The artist continues to explain the emotion behind this soft indie track."The feeling, the emotion of it, the experience of it, it’s not super pretty," she divulges. "But it’s the truth. I feel that way about the entire record. So, when I think about sharing it, it feels really powerful. And it doesn’t feel like… It doesn’t really feel open to question for me, because it is the truth. And that’s all I can do. There’s nothing about this record that I’m nervous about or worried about, because it just… It is what it is. And that’s weirdly really empowering.
"I felt like I was going to break the whole time I was making it. But everyone did then. It was deep pandemic. I feel like such a… what’s the right word? I feel like a cleaner person. It’s really nice that it’s outside of my body now. There was something in me I had to get out. It is so nice that it’s like, over there now. It’s not inside of me. I feel so much better now that I have gotten it out."
Rogers debuted lead Surrender single 'That’s Where I Am' in April at Indio’s Coachella, upon its release on streaming platforms. Her imminent record will be the artist’s follow-up to the chart-topping Heard It In A Past Life, which scored the musician a Grammy nomination in 2020.
Rogers recently announced an EU/UK Feral Joy tour later this year, which includes a stop at Dublin’s 3Olympia theatre on November 2 with support from fellow NYU musician, Samia. Tickets for the Dublin date are already sold out, so we'll have to pray on #ticketfairy.
Surrender will enter the world on July 29 via Capitol/Polydor Records. You can catch 'Horses' on all streaming platforms now.