Song of the Day, March 9: Purple Rivers by the Swimming Pool Q’s

SPQPurpleToday’s song is Purple Rivers from the Swimming Pool Q’s delightful eponymous second album. The Atlanta band had hit their groove, churning out delightful slices of Southern Gothic pop rock. New vocalist Anne Richmond Boston was a perfect foil for Jeff Calder, the principle songwriter and other singer. On his more anthemic songs, her clear, bright vocals were a perfect fit.

Channeling a strong independent spirit trapped in a crumbling empire, Boston’s clarion delivery resounds. “Can you change these purple rivers to gold?” she demands, trapped in South desperate to reinvent itself in the dark economic days of Reagan’s America. It’s a smart, bold song sung with just the right mix of hope and trepidation. The band — honed into a tight unit by tireless touring — provide a surging, whipsmart backdrop making the song shine.

Enjoy this powerful track today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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