Boasting a uniquely southwest Missouri electronic style, sibling duo Elizabeth and Patrick Carney are the heart and soul of Kids and Chemicals. Drawing from a kaleidoscope of musical styles, Kids and Chemicals’ beat-driven tracks reference hip-hop, soul, early I (E)DM and jazz, and the result is unexpected and stunning. Patrick Carney’s production is dark and turbulent, and singer Elizabeth Carney melodic vocals are a perfect match. Whether howling through a flurry of hyper-edited pops and buzzes or harmonizing alongside vibrant synth melodies, her vocals are haunting and, at times, savage. Live, the pair (with the addition of drummer Blake Mixon) execute a distinctly memorable, high-energy performance that incorporates 'on-the-fly' beat editing and improvisation.
Kids and Chemicals formed in early 2010 and released their first self-titled record in 2011, with this EP as the perfect follow up. “This album is only five tracks, but we spent more time and energy working on it than we did on our ten-track LP,” said producer Patrick Carney about “Pale Horse”. Carney went on to describe the new record’s inspiration: “We went through a few different concepts, but all the lyrics we settled on seemed to revolve around an apocalyptic theme, so the album became a sort of amalgam of our visions of the end of the world,” he said. “We're both kind of fascinated with all things eschatological, so it was a natural theme to explore for this album, although it’s not terribly dark. I don't think either of us see the apocalypse as a particularly dark subject, but simply an inevitability - it’s interesting to hypothesize the form it will take when it finally happens, and that’s what we tried to do with these tracks.”
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