RICH LIST 'HOLD YOUR FORKED TONGUE' DEBUT ALBUM
The debut album from Leicester’s RICH LIST has been a long time coming, so it’s appropriate that the overarching theme of the album is the unstoppable march of time. Whether that’s the slow decay of relationships, the accumulation of regrets, the loss of youth, life’s many disappointments or the simple acknowledgement that time is the fire in which we all burn.
The album is a bleak affair, proudly wallowing in gloriously uplifting misery. Musically it soars while lyrically it puts fires out with gasoline.
Take, for example, ‘Dumb Muscle’. It sounds like glowering entrance music, but lyrically it’s a plea to persuade someone you are star-crossed-lovers, though they can see that you are simply drunk and desperate!
Or ‘Life Seances’ which addresses the inevitable existential crisis that follows when you resurrect lost feelings for someone you know is only superficially interested and find yourself in a horrible mess yet again.
Or ‘Comfort Kills’. A story of self-sabotage when a past lover claims you ruin relationships to secure material for future songs. Which is nonsense, of course, but it did inspire the song.
Or ‘Breathe Under Water’. A song about accepting fate and making peace with it; about understanding that our ever-growing catalogue of errors and regrets make this life what it is.
And on it goes. ‘The Family’ expresses the disappointment that comes with the realisation that youth is on the wane. How our lives, and the world, change with scant regard for our place in it.
Perhaps debut single ‘Esha Ness’ sums it up best. “You’re never really winning, but you’ve got to keep running.”
Hold Your Forked Tongue – Decadent living for the summer.