Notes From The Archive: Recordings 2011-2016 [Limited Translucent Green] [2xLP]]
Like most seemingly overnight successes, Maggie Rogers put years of work into developing her music.
Unlike some artists, she embraces her earliest output, and on Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011 - 2016, she traces her artistic evolution from her college days to the year of her breakout hit "Alaska." Released on her own Debay imprint, the collection gathers remastered tracks from her two independently released albums, 2012's The Echo and 2014's Blood Ballet, as well as several previously unreleased tracks.
Many of these are from her time with the band the Del Water Gap, and fans might be surprised at how different they sound from "Alaska" and Heard It in a Past Life. Her big-hearted songwriting shines on "Anybody," and the clarity of the title track's imagery ("I would build a city out of you and me") matches the growing presence of her vocals.
A comprehensive, satisfying primer, Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011 - 2016 reflects just how quickly her skill and inspiration grew over a handful of years.