For a couple of years now Rich List have been sitting in a weird hinterland. Having their hands forced in to rebranding from Haus after their debut EP, the quartet necessarily stepped back and took time to re-establish themselves as a going concern – but with Hold Your Forked Tongue they confirm their existence in a serious way.

While there are some familiar tracks here, with Esha Ness a real stand out from the Haus era, the newer material is particularly strong. Dumb Muscle and Life Seances are stand outs amongst a consistently strong set of songs.

I’ve always been a fan of Adam Pickering’s lyrics, and here they really shine. Perfect metaphors suggest just enough to be intriguing, while their rhythm is completely satisfying.

There’s more than a touch of late 80’s / 90’s British electronic pop here, with nods to the likes of New Order and The Pet Shop Boys, but with a a modern gloss that decries any accusations that it’s in any way regressive.

From the artwork, to the songs themselves and Jamie Ward’s pristine production, the record feels like a perfect ‘whole’. Each element complements the next precisely. Hold Your Forked Tongue is uniformly excellent from start to finish.

Hold Your Forked Tongue is available to pre-order on Pledge Music Now.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester’s creative community for over a decade – promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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