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  • Meryl Rudy

Single Review #3: Daisy – Josiah and the Bonnevilles!

Daisy is the fourth track off Josiah and the Bonnevilles’ second studio album Motel Monday. The single was released November 27th, 2020 and has become one of my favorite Josiah tunes. I've been a fan of Josiah and the Bonnevilles for a few years now and have been waiting patiently for this new album!

Daisy begins with an intimate, low octave chorus; just vocals and acoustic piano. The band comes in immediately after the low chorus ends with the classic Josiah & the Bonnevilles sound: harmonica, slide electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass, and drums, with the addition of a mandolin strum. Although I would not classify Josiah’s music as country, the influence on this indie/folk song is apparent. The slide guitar mixed with his southern imagery–I bought a ring and a jug of wine/I took you down to the county line–makes me feel like I’m at a bar watching this poor man desperately yearn for Daisy.

Though the lyrics are not terribly specific, the pure passion in Josiah’s voice makes me believe every word he sings. His raw, shaky tone is mesmerizing and heartbreaking. Daisy/Born to drive a man crazy/There’s coke & there’s whiskey/And there’s Daisy. The chorus is perfectly simple and memorable. It will be stuck in your head long after you finish listening. As the song continues, more vocals are added to the choruses. To me, this emphasizes the ever-present power Daisy holds over Josiah. He sings Daisy higher and longer after the third chorus. It almost feels like a scream or growl. Josiah knows she’s toxic, but he can’t seem to get her out of his mind. This is a struggle many of us face. Daisy is a wonderfully crafted “love is a drug” song that will definitely be added to one or more of my playlists.

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