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After weeks of teasing the earworrm, Maggie Rogers has finally released her highly anticipated single “That’s Where I Am.”
Rogers last made a splash in 2019 with her Grammy nominated debut album Heard It In A Past Life. Her inventive production and playful wordsmithing impressed fans and critics alike.
“That’s Where I Am,” co-written and produced with Kid Harpoon, is inspired by that same recipe mixed with 2 years of introspection and a return to what made her fall in love with music in the first place.
In a press release, Rogers said, “That’s Where I Am” is a story I’d been carrying around for many years, the story of a love that had been with me and unfolding for a long time. A lot of the events that Surrender chronicles take place in New York City. In the stark solitude and distance of covid, it was the backdrop for all my claustrophobic fantasies. The proximity and pleasure of just staring at strangers. The way a night could unfold. Events that interrupt your day instead of having to consciously and deliberately make each decision. I longed for someone to sweat on me. Spill their beer on my shoes. Be too tall for me to see at the concert. The city’s music and attitude was a big source of inspiration for the record.”
The release is accompanied by an official video co-directed by Rogers, Michael Scanlon and Warren Fu (Daft Punk, Dua Lipa, The 1975) and features some legendary cameos.
“I’ve always said that New York is the city that winks back. It’s a main character. It’s a friend, a lover, an enemy sometimes. In many ways, the music video is about that New York love story. And on those filming days, it felt like the city was on our side. We got our first taste of true New York spring. That feral downtown explosion when suddenly everyone’s smoking on the sidewalks in short sleeves and drinking gin and tonics. The appearance of a few classic New York characters – David Byrne, The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, and photographer Quil Lemons – made the daydream feel complete,” Rogers shared of the filming experience.
The single was well worth the wait and will surely be an experience when heard alongside the songs Rogers has planned for her sophomore album, Surrender out on July 29th. You can pre-order the album HERE.