What our staff has to say: “The Reds, Pinks & Purples are one of the finest groups still making pop in the 2020s. It’s nice to have something so self satisfying to listen to, helps with my introspection.” – Alex
Dedicated “to everyone who ever tried to start a band in the Bay,” The Reds, Pinks & Purples’ new collection “The Town That Cursed Your Name” is at once achingly local and heartrendingly universal. Over the last few years The RPPs’ Glenn Donaldson has attracted a lot of attention with his gorgeous, lyrical pop and for good reason; his almost-paradoxical combination of productivity and peerless quality has delivered 6 albums and countless singles in just 3 years, and that’s only what has actually been released! “The Town That Cursed Your Name” gathers together twelve perfectly-constructed pop gems, some previously unheard and some released for just a few days and then withdrawn, but all adhering to the absurdly high standards of song-craft that Donaldson hews to. Echoes of everything from The Go-Betweens to Felt to Magnetic Fields echo through his songs, informed by an extreme dedication to detail and no small amount of outright fandom. Songs like “Life In The Void,” “Waiting on a Ghost to Haunt You” and “Too Late For An Early Grave” speak earnestly about living and making art on the periphery, finding universal truth the dazzling specificity of Donaldson’s San Francisco experience.