St. Purple & Green

Album: Visions of a Life (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • This was one of the earliest songs to be written for Visions of a Life, Vocalist Ellie Rowsell penned the lyrics while Wolf Alice was on tour with Alt-J in Europe about her grandmother called Jean. The singer recalled to Consequence of Sound:

    "She was a very chatty, eccentric character who unfortunately got dementia. She sang me a song about a place called 'Purple & Green' and despite it not making much sense, it resonated with me for some reason. My grandma was not afraid of death but rather quite excited about it; I've always found death deeply terrifying so this outlook comforted me. I imagine her now in this make believe place called Purple & Green, which were also her favourite colours, and there she is the queen!

    This fantastical element to the song was peppered in to the music when Joel (Amey, drums) added the mellotron voices to the latter half of the song. They remind me of sirens, beautiful yet dark and twisted water fairies luring sailors in to the sea. I think this was one of our most ambitious songs; we had to do a little convincing to people that it was worth bringing to the studio as the demos didn't quite resonate with anyone else except ourselves. I am so happy we pursued, as it has become a favourite and was one of the most moving to record - I did a shed a tear or two!"

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Famous Singers' First FilmsSong Writing

A look at the good (Diana Ross, Eminem), the bad (Madonna, Bob Dylan) and the peculiar (David Bowie, Michael Jackson) film debuts of superstar singers.

We Will Rock You (To Sleep): Pop Stars Who Recorded Kids' AlbumsSong Writing

With the rise of Kindie rock, more musicians are embracing their inner child with tunes for tots - here, we look at pop stars who recorded kids' albums.

Hawksley WorkmanSongwriter Interviews

One of Canada's most popular and eclectic performers, Hawksley tells stories about his oldest songs, his plentiful side projects, and the ways that he keeps his songwriting fresh.

Mark Arm of MudhoneySongwriter Interviews

When he was asked to write a song for the Singles soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.

Actors With Hit SongsMusic Quiz

Many actors have attempted music, but only a few have managed a hit. Do you know which of these thespians charted?

Director Nick Morris ("The Final Countdown")Song Writing

Nick made some of the biggest videos on MTV, including "The Final Countdown," "Heaven" and "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)."