The hauntingly beautiful song that rocked Grammy winner and NYU artist-in-residence Pharrell Williams’ world during a recent music master class is now available for your listening pleasure. The preternaturally talented Maggie Rogers’ “Alaska,” a folk-dance hybrid that has attained near-mythic status and confounded listeners by not being available online, has been mixed, mastered and added to Soundcloud and streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music. You’re going to want to hear it.
“I’ve never heard anyone like you before, and I’ve never heard anything that sounds like that,” Pharrell said after hearing a rough cut of the song. “That’s a drug for me.”
“Alaska” was inspired by a hiking trip Rogers went on: “When I had been hiking in summers after Alaska, I had been creating a natural sample bank of birds, noises,” she told Pigeons and Planes. “A good chunk of the rhythm in the song started from me just patting a rhythm on my jeans. That sample is the main rhythm. Me snapping in a room. I wanted to make dance music, or pop music, feel as human as possible.” Mission accomplished.
We have to co-sign the sentiment that Pharrell tweeted, congratulating his former student.
Listen to Rogers’ track above, and watch “Alaska” break Pharrell’s brain below.