£21.99 – 1xLP, Limited Edition Pastel Blue Vinyl
Two hundred copies of ‘Anxiety Art’ were pressed on Spanish label Pretty Olivia in 2019 and disappeared in a flash. This is the debut where The Reds, Pinks & Purples solidified the cathartic kitchen pop of later more widely distributed titles on the Tough Love and Slumberland record labels.
As The Reds, Pinks & Purples Glenn Donaldson – ‘the man with the lengthy Discogs page’ – decided to find his way out of the wilderness following some big and small personal tragedies and the demise of his former bands. He landed on a way to weave his influences from Athens, Georgia to Bristol, England into something unique to his life in the Inner Richmond district of San Francisco.
The Tough Love repress features an alternate cover with more of Donaldson’s neighborhood photographs. Edition of 1000.
Deep amidst San Francisco’s Richmond neighbourhood misty air and washed-out pastel blocks, Glenn Donaldson has been diligently creating minor masterpieces with rudimentary home technology for some time now. A vivid reflection of this dreary scene. His work is an oblique strand of SF outer-avenue cloud cover that stretches across the Atlantic to the grey docks of Bristol, UK.
Like the work of other U.S. depresso-pop purveyors East River Pipe, The Reds, Pinks and Purples’, this is a record that is both unsettling and comforting. When you’re four drinks deep and you’ve worn your Smiths records out, this will be on the deck to have wine spilled on it while you dance alone in the kitchen.
A1 Dead End Days
A2 Ahead Of Their Time
A3 Bike Race
A4 I’m Worried About The New Wave
A5 Anxiety Art
A6 Human Life
A7 Bad Habits
B1 How Long You Been Gone
B2 What’s In Your DNA
B4 Boys In The Gang
B5 New Car
B6 Living On Sunday