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Maggie Rogers announces second album, ‘Surrender’, and shares trailer – watch

The album arrives on July 29 via Polydor

By Joe Goggins

Cropped cover artwork for Maggie Rogers' 'Surrender', 2022
'Surrender' follows the Grammy-nominated 'Heard It in a Past Life'. (Photo: Kelley Jeffrey)

Maggie Rogers has confirmed details of her second studio album, and released a trailer – you can see it below.

‘Surrender’ will follow her Grammy-nominated 2019 debut ‘Heard It in a Past Life’, and is set for release on July 29 via Polydor. That record went in at number two on the US Billboard 200 and has racked up over one billion combed global streams. Now, she’ll follow it with ‘Surrender’, which came together over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic; Rogers was in the process of winding down from extensive world touring for ‘Heard It in a Past Life’ in early 2020.

Craving a more remote atmosphere as the world shut down, she relocated to coastal Maine, finding a stillness that eventually led her to “create music with the same sense of playful, open exploration and internal discovery that made her fall in love with writing and producing music back in high school,” per a press release. She would go on to record the album between New York’s legendary Electric Lady Studios, Peter Gabriel’s Real World outpost near Bath, and her parents’ garage.

Maryland native Rogers, 27, has yet to pass any official comment on today’s (March 30) announcement of the album, but the trailer sees her recite an original poem that appears to hint at the themes on ‘Surrender’. It goes as follows: “When I’m angry or in love, I feel it in my teeth. / Strange harmonic buzzing. / Cuts through my hands. / My jaw. /My breast bone. /For a long time I fought it. Resisted. Held up my fists.”

“Tried to hold the current. Foolish. / I found peace in distortion. A chaos I could control. / Turned the drums up real loud hoping they could shock me back in. / Break the numbness. / Let the bright lights drag me out. / Do you fear what’s underneath? Is your jaw wound tight? / Do you ever want to bite? /And what if you did?” 

It concludes: “Sink your gums into a shoulder. / Of a lover. / Of a day. / Of a year. / We were 18. We were 23. I’m 27 now. / Here’s all I have. It’s yours to take. /Love. Hate. Anger. Feral joy. “This is the story of what happened when I finally gave in…”

New music from ‘Surrender’ is expected soon.