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A 'Passing' Moment, Magnified from Memory

White Daisy Passing

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Friday's Song

  • Song: "White Daisy Passing"
  • Artist: Rocky Votolato
  • CD: Makers
  • Genre: Indie-Folk

Rocky Votolato, former leader of the Seattle band Waxwing, mixes hopeful love songs with biting commentary about the world around him. A storyteller with the dark worldview of Bright Eyes, the unapologetic intimacy of Nick Drake, and the modern-sounding pop sheen of Death Cab for Cutie, Votolato mixes all those disparate elements into a hushed but subtly passionate sound.

Rocky Votolato examines the fleeting details of a dead romance. Robin Laananen hide caption

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Votolato's past work demonstrates a willingness to show vulnerability, but on "White Daisy Passing" (and the rest of Makers, his third and finest solo album), he's also achieved the depth he's been seeking. A searingly personal look at fleeting moments and treasured memories — "They meant everything, but the wind just carried 'em off" — the song wallows in the telling details of love lost.

At times breathtakingly beautiful, "White Daisy Passing" sets Votolato's hushed, aching vocal against a mellow backdrop of drums, acoustic guitars, and Christian Wargo's impeccable harmonies. It's a sad, gorgeous bit of melancholy, by a singer-songwriter in peak form.

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