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The Reds, Pinks and Purples – Unwishing Well

The Reds, Pinks and Purples – Unwishing Well

As track records go, (pun intentional) the Slumberland label are pretty much note perfect. Their roster of indie pop artists with lo-fi sensibilities is probably unsurpassed at present. We need go back to the days of Sarah Records and the C86 movement for similar levels of sustained fey, jangle pop. Glenn Donaldsons project, The Reds, Pinks and Purples is a perfect fit for such a label. With a wry sense of humour and an ear for a tune Donaldson practically embodies Slumberland. Unwishing Well is his latest long player, the sixth album in five years. It follows two compilations, The Town That Cursed Your Name and They Only Wanted Your Soul which were released recently on the same label.

Per the accompanying blurb Donaldsons influences take in The Smiths, Go Betweens and Felt. I more hear The Wedding Present, The Triffids and Field Mice myself. Yet rather than pigeonhole The Reds, Pinks and Purples rather excellent music I feel that these remain useful signposts. Thematically I’d even add acts as diverse as the Magnetic Fields, Say Hi or even early Death Cab. That’s as much down to the ironic songtitles and lyrical content as the jaunty earworms on display here….

….of which there are many. What a joy it has been to review this particular release. ‘Play’ gets pressed, the album unfolds and we simply let it do its work. The opening salvo of What’s Going On With Ordinary People and Learning To Love A Band are indicative of the album as a whole. One breezy tune follows another until we arrive at the languid closing track Goodbye Bobby. I’m left wanting more, which is a positive in my book. Bedroom kids will, as they say, buy it for that reason. In any case, there is more, a whole five albums worth and I’m about ready to get acquainted.

Standout track – Your Worst Song is Your Greatest Hit.


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