Overcoats‘ debut album Young has captivated audiences this year, leading to spots on NPR’s Favorite New Artist poll and Billboard‘s “Best Albums of 2017 So Far” list. Written by the duo (Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell) and co-produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Daughter, The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs) and experimental R&B artist Autre Ne Veut, the set employs a palette of stealth and simple electronics, with traces of folk, pop, and bluegrass embedded within. Like a spectrum from Sylvan Esso to Simon & Garfunkel, the duo creates music of mutual empowerment that is deeply rooted in emotion and guided by the search for its innate expression through voice and electronics. On Young, songs that began as bedroom creations flourished into rich but restrained productions, with careful craft illuminating the nuance of Overcoats’ unique songwriting. Songs including “Leave The Light On,” “Hold Me Close,” and “Fog” are at once wistful and uplifting — triumphant, yet subdued. This is the arrival of a magical collaboration: a rare unification of two hearts under one imagination.
Overcoats have now released a deluxe version of the LP, including two bonus tracks: a new single, “I Don’t Believe In Us,” and an acoustic version of album favorite “Kai’s Song.” Elion and Mitchell told NPR, “The song is about realizing that a fairytale you’ve been believing your whole life is false. It’s about figuring out what to do with that information — how to move forward… This song is the final chapter of Young, to end the journey that has taken us all over North America and Europe. It’s a provocative look at all the transformation we’ve been through, all the difficult changes. We’re excited to see what happens next… Do we believe?”
Hear Young live! Overcoats have more tour dates before the end of 2017.
11/10 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
11/11 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/12 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro, NC
11/14 – Rumba Cafe – Columbus, OH
11/16 – Grinnell College – Grinnell, IA
11/17 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
11/18 – Oberlin College – Oberlin, OH
12/05 – Globe Hall – Denver, CO
12/07 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
12/08 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
12/09 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Check out the streams for the two new singles on Apple Music or Spotify below.