For his first album in seven years, Rocky Votolato has written a concept album with each song written for a member of his family. The album took on a deeper meaning after losing his child in a car accident in December 2021. The latest single from that album, "Little Black Diamond," is a catchy indie folk song. It's bordering on the mainstream side of indie folk and reminds me of Mary Lou Lord or a more rootsy version of Elliott Smith. The song has an intensely intimate feel, but not in the way that you're overhearing someone's secrets. Instead, "Little Black Diamond" has a warmth to it, much more like you've been invited in as a trusted compatriot.
You can listen to "Little Black Diamond" below. Wild Roots is due out September 9 on Spartan Records in the US and Thirty Something Records in Europe. The album can be pre-ordered here. For more on Rocky Votolato, check out the artist's website.