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On April 21, Arts & Crafts will release YOUNG, the debut album from New York-based duo Overcoats. Co-produced by Nicolas Vernhes (The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors) and Autre Ne Veut, YOUNG is a story about growing up told through the lens of two women who are wise beyond their years. The lead single “Hold Me Close” deals with the complexities of love set to a backdrop of lush electronic beats and garnished with seamlessly intertwining harmonies.
NPR Music also named Overcoats one of its favourite discoveries at SXSW last year, and the duo ranked #3 on NPR’s Listeners Poll of favourite new artists of 2016. One such listener hailed Overcoats for "The chills they give me; the fact that I can't look away when they perform; their complex and irresistible harmonies; the vulnerability to their words and the dance-y beats they put behind them."
Overcoats is comprised of former college roommates Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell, who co-wrote all twelve songs on YOUNG. 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 members of Overcoats describe the first time hearing each other sing as an epiphany: the harmony of their voices leading to personal, individual discovery.
YOUNG weaves a tapestry of crystalline vocals with soaring synths and rich bass lines. From the subdued introspection of “Kai’s Song” to the thumping two-step and club-ready brass of “Leave The Light On”, YOUNG showcases a striking range for the duo. While their seamless vocal interplay and contemplative lyrics remain at the core of their sound, YOUNG is also rich with experimentation and sonic surprises. This spring, Overcoats will play select dates opening for Tennis before heading out on a headlining tour later this year. Full itinerary below.
YOUNG TRACK LIST
02 Smaller Than My Mother
04 Leave The Light On
05 Hold Me Close
06 The Fog
07 Walk On
08 Little Memory
10 Nighttime Hunger
11 Kai's Song
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Mar 7 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club*
Mar 8 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon*
Mar 9 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
Mar 10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Bag*
Mar 11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern*
Apr 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
Apr 26 - Washington, DC - DC9
Apr 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
Apr 28 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939
Apr 29 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Apr 30 - Montreal, QC - Divan Orange
May3 - Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College
May 8 - Milwaukee, WI - Colectivo
May 9 - Indianapolis, IN - White Rabbit Cabaret
May 10 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
May 12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
May 13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
* with Tennis