"When the Tide Comes In" by Kids & Chemicals // Pale Horse (Out Now via Bandcamp & Ralenteer)
I get a lot of recommendations. Not just from the site here, but from friends across the country who drop me a line once a week or so, checking in and throwing me suggestions. It amounts to far more than I could ever keep up with, but also a fair amount of those suggestions are fairly unexceptional. That being said, I was recently implored by an old friend to check out Kids & Chemicals - a trio from Missouri who crafted what she called “enchanting fucking trip hop but like, better than enchanting”. Trip-hop is not a genre that gets talked about much these days, but there are is a good amount of that style of music finding its way to the internet these days. Kids & Chemicals list jazz, IDM, hip-hop, and soul as some of their primary influences in building their sound and those are the trip-hop building blocks in a nutshell. I only mention any of this, because as someone who grew up in the 90’s, I was obsessed with bands like Portishead, Massive Attack, DJ Shadow (look at my blog name for fuck’s sake), and Hooverphonic and one listen to my friend’s recommendation and I am in love with those sounds all over again. It’s years later and the influences have matured and shifted, but the music that the brother and sister duo of Patrick and Elizabeth Carney are creating is bringing that same haunting, atmospheric, beat-heavy, electro pop to life anew. Alongside drummer, Blake Mixon, the Carney’s have crafted a wonderful EP and that EPs jaw dropping closer is one of the best songs of the year. “When the Tide Comes In” is a stormy beauty cloaked in shadowy synths and chopped beats that provides a ghostly and downright sexy packaging to present Elizabeth Carney’s soulful, haunting vocals. It’s a magnificent track that hits all the right buttons and is as deserving of a breakthrough as anything you’ll find from Purity Ring or CHVRCHES, who traffic in similar worlds. Highest recommendation.
Incredible write-up. Thanks for the kind words!