The REDS PINKS & PURPLES  – ” Summer at Lands End “

Posted: November 5, 2021 in MUSIC
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DINKED EDITION 158: The Reds, Pinks and Purples – ‘Summer at Land’s End’

Prolific songwriter Glenn Donaldson returns with his fourth release as The Reds, Pinks and Purples, with the Dinked Edition featuring a second disc made up of ten extra tracks, an alternate sleeve, and a photo fanzine.

Donaldson has been funnelling the sounds of classic indie pop, C86, and jangle pop into one since 2019, releasing a shop-favourite each year since. ‘Summer at Land’s End’ adds shades of 90s 4AD and moodier song writing to his sunny San Fran pop, and he reckons it’s his best album to date.

“Summer at Land’s End” is not an interlude or tangent for The Reds, Pinks & Purples but rather a perfect fourth movement following the albums “Anxiety Art,” “You Might Be Happy Someday,” and “Uncommon Weather.” As with these self-recorded records (the primary work of songwriter Glenn Donaldson), the songs on “Summer at Land’s End” were crafted slowly and then drawn together to make a unified statement. But here, and more than before, “Summer at Land’s End” combines Donaldson’s rueful pop sensibility with a parallel musical universe, one composed of pictures, dreams, and feelings without words. Even if the underlying theme of this collection is one of conflict or unhappiness, the vision of the music presents an escape to a new world, always fading in and out of sight.

For listeners who may not be familiar with Donaldson’s corner of San Francisco––the Richmond district––or the current wave of hazy, melodic DIY pop groups performing in the city, “Summer at Land’s End” pulls in images and scenes that feel like a collision of the mundane and the sublime of this present landscape. But settings such as these are the backdrop for personal narratives, expressed as a struggle with love, with companionship and the conflicts of home. 

If you remember indie pop as it’s supposed to be then you will soon fall in love with The Reds, Pinks and Purples. Bearded leader Glenn Donaldson has a voice so clear that you simply can’t believe he’s singing through a mound of facial hair. He may write the same song over and over again, but it is a good one and is repeated throughout this fourth album of his jangling, spangling beauty. For fans of the sort of people who thought Feverfew were better than Blueboy. 

Taken from the album Summer At Land’s End, out 4th February 2022 via Tough Love/Slumberland.

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