22 (OVER S∞∞N) – Bon Iver
Alaska by Maggie Rogers
I’m sitting by the water in the Auckland viaduct watching the sun sparkle on the water and the water ripple beneath the boats. It’s peaceful and beautiful in every sense of the words but this serenity has been enhanced by another element – the sound of Alaska by Maggie Rogers.
You may remember the video that went viral earlier this year of Pharrell Williams being absolutely blown away by a Uni students music? Well that song we all loved as much as he did, has finally been released.
Alaska by NYU student Maggie Rogers, originally from Maryland, is a mix of folk and the electronica sound. Both of these styles dominate the music industry today yet few songs seamlessly bring together the two sounds like this track. It features a funky yet gentle beat and beautiful lyrics about a walk through the woods, sung to showcase an impressive range by Rogers. There’s a real strength in her voice and its grown by the calm quality she has, her vocals are so controlled it’s a stunning quality.
Chuck your headphones in and have a listen while sitting in an idyllic spot like I am. There’s no better way to start your day. (Especially when you’re about to be stuck inside at a conference all day!)