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listen hear! Song of the Day: Maggie Rogers "That's Where I Am"

Olivia Bee

listen hear!  spotlights a song we like and think you will too.

Grammy Award-nominated producer/songwriter/performer Maggie Rogers is back with new music! “That’s Where I Am” is the explosive first single from her upcoming new album, Surrender, due July 29th via Capitol Records.

She co-produced the new project with Kid Harpoon, who also assisted Rogers on her debut album, Heard It in a Past Life. The video for the track is a love letter to Rogers’ adopted hometown of New York City and features some famous cameos.

Maggie 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. For all these reasons, there was only ever one place we could shoot the video.  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.”


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John is the mid-morning host on WFPK. Email John at jtimmons@lpm.org