Overcoats, who ranked #3 in last year’s NPR Listeners Poll of favorite new artists, is a duo of former college roommates Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. The two were drawn to each other when they first met as teenagers in 2011, finding connection in a love of diverse musical styles and forging a closeness that verges on sisterhood. Both women describe the first time hearing each other sing as an epiphany leading to personal, individual discovery, and the two co-wrote all twelve songs on their new LP YOUNG. The album, which arrives on April 21 via Arts & Crafts, is rich with experimentation and sonic surprises. Yet Elion and Mitchell’s seamless vocal interplay and contemplative lyrics remain at the core of Overcoats’ sound. YOUNG, which is about the transformations experiences during the passage into womanhood, is sung through the shared experience of two best friends. Overcoats’ music draws strength from vulnerability, finding light through darkness and the catharsis of simple, honest songwriting.
On first single “Hold Me Close,” the duo’s melodies are pure and in unison, providing two distinct but entwined perspectives on the complexity of love. In an interview with Wonderland Magazine, Mitchell said, “‘Hold Me Close’ is a song about finding solace in the present when the future and past seem impossible to understand.” According to Elion, “It’s about the loneliness and disillusionment that we can feel in relationships, and how we must persevere anyway in hopes of finding the beauty in love.”
This spring, Overcoats will play select dates opening for Tennis before heading out on a headlining tour later this year.
“The duo takes a fresh approach to a time-tested formula, presenting sentimental songwriting over electronic beats, both hearty and sparse. ‘Hold Me Close”‘ achieves its atmosphere by wedging an intriguing tension between the heft of its instrumental and the splendor of its deliberate harmony… A modest tune that unfolds with disarming intricacy.” -NPR
“‘Hold Me Close’ is another introspective gem that melds the duo’s expert storytelling with a strong yet subdued production.” -The Wild Honey Pie
RIYL: Autre Ne Veut, Tennis, Majical Cloudz, Au Revoir Simone, TOPS, How to Dress Well, Anna of the North, Tei Shi, Youth Lagoon, Sylvan Esso
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Label: Arts & Crafts
Check out “Hold Me Close” below: