Summer At Land's End

The Reds, Pinks and Purples

Summer At Land's End

SLR 263 » released February 2022

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1. Don't Come Home Too Soon 7. All Night We Move
2. Let's Pretend We're Not in Love 8. Tell Me What's Real
3. New Light 9. Upside Down in an Empty Room
4. My Soul Unburdened 10. Dahlias and Rain
5. Summer at Land's End 11. I'd Rather Not Go Your Way
6. Pour The Light In  

There are two vinyl editions of this album:
1. A limited edition double vinyl version that's pressed on yellow vinyl, comes in a gatefold sleeve, and includes a bonus album of instrumental songs.
2. A green vinyl single LP version that comes in a single LP jacket with a printed inner sleeve.

nice color

"Summer at Land's End" is the 4th LP from The Reds, Pinks & Purples, Glenn Donaldson's solo kitchen pop "band" (though he has recently debuted a 5-piece live band he hopes to take on the road). Since 2019 The Reds, Pinks & Purples has built an obsessive, ever-growing following by combining a traditional vinyl-oriented release schedule with monthly drops of new songs on Bandcamp and live streams on Instagram. 2021's "Uncommon Weather" was something of a breakthrough, getting actual radio airplay and even reaching #7 in the UK indie album breakers chart. Hitting a wildly prolific phase, Donaldson is back in less than a year with the brilliantly ambitious "Summer At Land's End."

Like the blossoming flower-themed sleeve might imply, it's bursting with heart-ripped-open vocals, ringing guitars, and warm reverberations. There are still plenty of concise indie-pop songs, but the album expands on the formula of the first three LPs into hazier acoustic sounds and some extended mood pieces. Even with the lush textures immediately evident on album opener "Don't Come Home Too Soon" there's a gorgeous intimacy at work here, with every guitar note and vocal harmony existing in perfect service to the song. Similarly, "Let's Pretend We're Not in Love" is an exercise in pop economy that sounds so immediately 'right' that it seems destined for a thousand mix tapes.

Dreamy instrumentals like "Dahlias and Rain" and the title song work on an even deeper level, showing another side of Donaldson's writing that is as at home with atmospherics and mystery as his pop songs are with harmony and melody. Indeed, the initial vinyl pressing features an entire bonus LP of shimmering instrumental pieces that wouldn't be out of place on certain Durutti Column or Roy Montgomery records.

The album title refers to "Lands End," a park vista in Donaldson's neighborhood in San Francisco but also a metaphorical precipice, maybe the cliff's edge the world is on right now. "For better or worse, this is the 'love' record. All the songs are about love in its different forms, all the shelter and pain that comes from it," says Donaldson. You might hear '80s and '90s influences in the echoing guitars, Creation, Teenbeat, 4AD, or even the radio pop of your youth, but more so, you might hear melodies and words that resonate someplace deep down as you journey through Land's End and move the needle back to the beginning again.


A co-release with our friends at Tough Love Records in London - please support your local indie label.

see also » Unwishing Well LP/CD

see also » The Town That Cursed Your Name LP/CD

see also » They Only Wanted Your Soul LP

see also » I'd Rather Astral Project DS

see also » Uncommon Weather LP/CD

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