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The Reds, Pinks & Purples is the post-indie project of Glenn Donaldson from San Francisco who releases songs like monthly postcards to a loyal following, amassing a huge catalogue of cathartic guitar pop – releasing 8 LPs over the last 5 years. The band debuts in the UK in June 2024 as a five-piece made-up of musicians from SF's thriving indie-pop underground.
'Perfect pop for perfectly sad people will never go out of style, and Summer at Land's End is more proof that Glenn Donaldson and the Reds, Pinks & Purples have the market pretty much cornered.'
'Donaldsonʼs lyrics tend towards the observational, and are often delivered with a wry turn of phrase that can be laugh out loud funny. The Town That Cursed Your Name juggles pathos and bathos throughout.'
'Summer at Landʼs End, further establishes him and his home recording nom de plume as one of the best “bands” right now in this style. Which is to say shimmering, jangly, and well, kind of “summery” indie-pop if one associates the season with wistfulness and longing and not just cars, beaches, and barbeques.'
Under the Radar
'“Never climbed the charts, destroyed the stage,” he sighs, pitting these dream against scenes of clocking in on sick days and grinding to pay the bills. Itʼs the most pessimistic entry on the record, but it sets the stage for Donaldsonʼs cast of nameless underdogs to rail against the drudgery of the work week.'
'The songs here are timeless reminders that pop can heal all wounds and bridge decades.'
Raven Sings the Blues
'A wonderful pop album that reads as both a studied tribute and a welcome update.'
'...looping, loping guitar intervals sound like the Bats but preserved in amber, and its pensive trebly refrains floats like Roy Orbison over clean, lyrical foundations.'