Album number three from Brighton’s The Miserable Rich, incorporates a much fuller sound over previous two outings “Twelve Ways to Count” and “Of the Flight and the Fury.” Recorded in Britain’s most haunted stately home, Blickling Hall a Jacobean Palace and birthplace of Anne Boleyn, themes of ghosts, love and death are particularly apt. After the extremely personal and intense aspects within “Of the Flight and the Fury” the latest topics may suggest a further collection of subdued and pessimistic songs, although musically at least, this proves far from the case. “Miss You in the Days” uncovers The Miserable Rich in more buoyant, almost carefree mood, even their use of a freezing cold mansion in February for the creative process, does little to discourage.
Opening track “Laid Up in Lavender” finds James De Malplaquet’s exquisitely controlled vocals adopting an almost cheeky chappie tone, backed with the usual acoustic guitar, cello, violin and double bass, although additional drums provide substantial authority to the overall ambience. Moving through the 11 song collection, we discover, again for the first occasion, the guitar work incorporates electricity within the mix, further enhancing the more grandiose characteristics, without losing the breathtakingly melodic nature of their music, the strings of Will Calderbank and Mike Siddell provide in droves.
The first single, “On a Certain Night” available from October 24th highlights everything wonderful about the chamber pop outfit, jaunty melody and rhythms lull the listener into a false sense of security, belying the sinister subject matter of sexual and supernatural possession. In most instances, “On a Certain Night” would adopt centre stage, instead, that position reserved both physically and metaphorically for “Ringing the Changes” an absolute tour de force of a song. A tinkling piano opens, De Maplaquets gorgeous, plaintive vocal joins before a slow build through the instrumentation to a climactic orchestral peak, prior to everything dropping away, leaving Ricky Pritchard’s guitar feeding back, revealing a lilting melancholic ending.
With “Miss You in the Days” The Miserable Rich have taken a huge leap forward, producing their most compulsive and impressive work to date. The fact a band so incredibly talented finds it necessary to use a pledge campaign to part fund their progress is criminal. As a portion of the money also goes to the Alzheimers Society however, it’s doubly important we provide support through the purchase of the album and catch a gig during the forthcoming U.K tour commencing on the 29th of October, to coincide with the Halloween release on the 31st. Without the public sustaining their favourite artists, as fans of “real music,” we could find ourselves even further at the mercy of bland, mainstream day time radio fodder........we really don’t want that......do we?