Maggie Rogers has shared the latest taster of her new album, ‘Surrender’.
Titled ‘Horses’, it’s the third track to come from the record, which is set to arrive on 29th July. It follows on from lead track ‘That’s Where I Am’ and ‘Want Want’.
Speaking to Dork as part of the cover story for this month’s magazine, Maggie revealed some of the story behind the song.
“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 feeling, the emotion of it, the experience of it, it’s not super pretty,” she continues. “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.”
You can check out ‘Horses’ below.